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World’s third-biggest retailer puts carbon emissions-cutting goals in CA’s hands

Tesco, the United Kingdom’s biggest retailer and the world’s third largest grocery retailer, has enlisted the services of CA ecoSoftware tohelp fulfill its long-term commitment to drive down carbon emissions across its global operations. CA ecoSoftware helps companies in a variety of industries manage carbon, reduce energy use and become more sustainable. It also enables organizations to better manage and govern their sustainability strategies, bringing what have traditionally been disparate departmental efforts into a centralized, cross-enterprise process and program.

Tesco has implemented CA ecoSoftware to help increase the efficiency, speed, and accuracy of its carbon accounting process, enabling the company to more effectively track progress in pursuit of its ambitious carbon reduction goals.

Tesco plans to halve emissions from existing buildings by 2020; halve distribution emissions of each case of goods delivered by 2012; and halve emissions from new stores by 2020. The company has already halved its energy use per square foot in its UK stores and is diverting 100 percent of waste from its UK business away from landfill, achieving this target almost a year ahead of schedule.

“When we announced our plan two years ago to reduce our carbon footprint by 50% across all of our global operations, we knew we were taking on a big task, ” said Tesco PLC. IT director Mike Yorwerth. “Since that time a number of people across the business have been involved in measuring, documenting and reporting on our emissions—a time-consuming, largely manual task. We’re also overseeing hundreds of projects around the world designed to reduce our carbon footprint, all of which need to be prioritized and measured. With CA ecoSoftware, we expect to streamline the process of data management, helping to reduce errors and operational expenses, and improve our ability to communicate major milestones.”

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