Every little helps: Tesco targets wasted energy with new management software
Tesco has contracted energy management firm ElsterEnergyICT to help reduce its energy consumption across its stores in the UK, Europe and Asia.
The three-year deal will see Elster supply its Enacto 9.3 platform, which creates reports on energy patterns in stores. These reports can be circulated to store managers and corporate executives to help pinpoint where energy is being wasted.
The deal follows a trial run in 2010, which saw an average reduction in energy use of 20% in Tesco stores that implemented the technology.
Tesco head of energy and environment James Pitcher said: "Tesco is an established leader on energy efficiency and carbon reduction in the retail sector and has committed to reducing carbon emissions by 50% by 2020
"We have also set the target of being a zero-carbon business by 2050 and are continually pushing ourselves to find innovative ways to make our stores as efficient as possible. Elster EnergyICT's energy management solutions will play an essential role in helping us to achieve these goals by enabling our employees to visualise, manage and identify opportunities for energy saving across our stores, and quantify any savings made."
Elster's vice-president of energy management Spencer Rigler added: "We are delighted that the world's third-largest supermarket retailer has chosen Elster EnergyICT and our Enacto 9.3 platform to support its energy saving and climate change programmes.
"This partnership demonstrates the platform's ability to meet the needs of multi-site commercial organisations across continents and support industry-leading programmes that effectively reduce bills, minimise carbon footprints and future-proof energy savings."
Earlier this year Tesco announced it had eliminated over eight million miles of driving on UK roads in 2013 as part its zero-carbon pledge.