Tesco, which has 4,000 supermarket locations in 14 nations, has adopted a new carbon accounting software to help it meet its goal of halving emissions from 2006 levels by 2020.
Tesco also plans to cut in half the emissions related to distribution, on a case basis, by 2012.
For now, Tesco is looking for the software to manage its carbon footprint, although the software also has applications that can apply farther up the supply chain, said Terrence Clark, senior vice president of CA’s ecoSoftware group.
CA says the software, which uses visual tools designed for evaluating sustainability initiatives, can assist in program and project management capabilities, automated assessments for use internally and with third parties, and direct energy metering, including capture of information from devices within the datacenter and other facilities.
Tesco is pulling out all the stops to limit emissions. It is going so far as to monitor the flatulence of cattle that it sources dairy products from.
In other Tesco news, the company’s U.S. subsidiary, Fresh & Easy, recently opened its first LEED Gold certified store, in Cathedral City, Calif., according to a press release.