Typhoo Tea cuts lighting carbon footprint by 80 per cent through Tesco buying club

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
29 April 2014

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29 April 2014 | Will Green

Typhoo Tea has cut its lighting carbon footprint by 80 per cent since joining a Tesco supplier club.

The company has reduced its annual emissions of carbon dioxide by 370 tonnes since it became a member of the Tesco buying club, which enabled it to install LED lighting at low cost.

Shah Khan, group technical and ethical manager at Typhoo, told the 2degrees Supply Chain Summit the firm received a 25 per cent discount on the cost of installing the new lighting and they expected the investment to pay for itself in two years.

“The risk is nil, I would say,” he said. “It’s a brighter working environment and better health and safety.

“All the savings from LED lights will be going into our sustainability programme.”

George Watson, supply chain carbon reduction manager at Tesco, said the retailer was committed to cutting carbon dioxide emissions in its supply chain by 30 per cent by 2020, and the LED buying club helped suppliers install low-cost, low-emission lighting.

He told delegates the supermarket stocked 40,000 products from 70 countries and agriculture accounted for two thirds of its supply chain carbon footprint, followed by manufacturing.

“Lighting is common throughout all our suppliers,” he said. “Lighting is a good first offering. Tesco is clearly quite a big company; how can we use that scale for good?”

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