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5 October 2013 | Gurjit Degun
Tesco has revealed a new buying club to help suppliers invest in energy efficient lighting equipment and installations.
The Buying Club will offer discounts and guidance on the type of equipment businesses need, including the energy savings they could make. It has been developed in collaboration with 2degrees and the Carbon Trust.
The new scheme will be available to the 700 plus businesses that are members of the Tesco Knowledge Hub – a global online community for Tesco suppliers to share best practice in carbon reduction.
Tesco will utilise the collective purchasing power of the suppliers in the Knowledge Hub to negotiate discounts on energy efficient lighting equipment.
It said that suppliers could save up to 25 per cent on the cost of equipment, which could result in savings of up to 80 per cent on energy bills.
Chloe Meacher, Tesco climate change manager, said: “We are committed to using our scale for good and this initiative is just one way we can do that, helping our suppliers make energy savings.
“The Knowledge Hub is already established as a great forum for our suppliers to share what they’ve done to reduce their impact on the environment and help others to do the same through online discussions and site visits.
“Our suppliers have told us that cost and lack of knowledge can be the biggest barriers to making investment in energy savings. The Buying Club will address these concerns and support them in reducing their carbon footprint in a really practical way.”