Starting in January, Tesco, the UK’s largest supermarket chain, will run 75 percent of its delivery fleet on biodiesel, BBC News reports. Tesco, which has a strong environmental record, said it will run its 2,000 trucks and vans on a 50 percent biodiesel mix.
Using the biodiesel mix will cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than 70,000 tons per year, the equivalent to removing over 20,000 medium sized cars from the road.
This is only the latest of Tesco’s initiatives.
The retailer is currently testing automated recycling machines where customers can claim Tesco Club Card points for recycling, DM Bulletin reports. It also rewards “green” ClubCard points to shoppers who re-use bags. Tesco said it aimed to reduce the number of bags it gave away from 4 billion to 1 billion by 2008. In May, Tesco promised to use wind turbines and also began moving significant volumes of product from road to rail with its ‘green’ trains.