May 14, 2017

Tesco turns to solar in Paris climate accord pledge

Tesco is to turn its back on fossil fuels and ramp up its use of solar panels as the UK supermarket makes an ambitious pledge to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in line with the toughest goals of the Paris climate accord. Tesco says its decision demonstrates its support for an agreement that represents "The strongest hope that we can avoid dangerous climate change", a sentiment backed by dozens of other large companies urging Mr Trump to stay in the deal. The Paris agreement aims to curb countries' emissions enough to keep warming well below 2C from pre-industrial times and, if possible, only 1.5C. Tesco says it will cut its emissions in line with the more ambitious 1.5C target, partly by securing 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources such as solar panels by 2030 and by pushing its suppliers to become greener. "At a time when government commitments on climate change lag significantly behind what is needed to deliver on the Paris agreement, Tesco deserves real credit for being the first corporate to publicly commit to align with a high ambition 1.5C target," he said. Refrigeration gases account for 15 per cent of the company's emissions, according to Kené Umeasiegbu, Tesco's head of climate change.

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