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Tesco set to cut delivery fleet CO2 emissions by over 7,000 tonnes

Tesco is set to cut its CO2 emissions by more than 7,000 metric tonnes in just one year thanks to the introduction of ‘Lightfoot’ across its fleet of delivery vehicles.

The supermarket chain turned to Lightfoot, a UK-based clean technology engineering company, to proactively manage emissions as demand for its home delivery services soared during the Covid-19 pandemic, with more vehicles covering more kilometres.

Now, within a year of the new technology deployment, Tesco says it will deliver a saving of 7,346 tonnes of CO2 across the UK and Ireland. This equates to removing around 1,600 passenger vehicles from the roads, according to Tesco.

It is predicted that the fleet will achieve even greater savings year-on-year as more Tesco Grocery Home Shopping drivers engage with Lightfoot’s tech.

Tesco says this technology has taken its already advanced driver efficiency and safety programme, which includes in-vehicle cameras and driver trainers, to the next level.

Lightfoot engages with drivers and encourages them to drive more smoothly, safely and efficiently through app-based tech which rewards better driving.

At the end of each journey, a ‘Lightfoot Score’ is given and can be seen by the driver on a smartphone app. Using this app, drivers can see how their performance changes over time, enter leagues and compete with their colleagues.

Any driver that reaches ‘Elite Driver’ status with a Lightfoot Score of 85 per cent or higher can enter themselves for free into the Lightfoot Drivers’ Lottery, giving them a chance of winning weekly cash prizes, while taking advantage of special offers and giveaways.

Matt Rhind, distribution and fulfilment transport director for Tesco said: “At Tesco we’re committed to reducing our environmental impact across our operations, from energy and waste, to food production and distribution. We make 15,000 delivery journeys every day.

“The Lightfoot app gives every one of our home delivery drivers real-time feedback on their driving style so they can make immediate improvements and reduce their emissions on every trip they make.”