Tesco Lotus has opened Asia's first zero carbon hypermarket in Bang Pra, Thailand, as part of its commitment to be a zero carbon business by 2050.
The new store features a range of cutting-edge technologies, including a wind turbine, lower wattage LED lighting, hydro-carbon powered fridges and rammed earth walls which are less carbon intensive to manufacture than concrete or steel, the company said.
Rainwater is used in the car wash and to flush the store's toilets, while the store design maximises natural light on the shop floor. Helen Fleming, group climate change director at Tesco said: "We are proud to have opened the first zero carbon store in Asia. It's particularly fitting that it has opened in Thailand, as it is home to the first Tesco Environment store, which opened in 2004.
"Our zero carbon stores use the latest technologies to reduce our environmental impact and really show our commitment to greener growth. Our climate change programme is central to the way we do business - not only are our actions good for the environment, they also make good business sense. Our energy efficient measures reduce costs in the business by about £200m each year."
Source: Tesco Lotus
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