Fellowship Type, Sector based Fellowships | February 2017

Guto Bebb MP Goes Carbon Neutral at Tesco PLC

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, Guto Bebb MP, visited one of Tesco’s flagship “Zero Carbon” stores, on Friday 17 February as part of his Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) Fellowship* examining the retail and energy industries.

The Member of Parliament for Aberconwy visited the Cefn Mawr store near Wrexham for two hours on Friday morning.

On arrival Mr Bebb met with Rhodri Evans, Local Communications Manager and Edward Williams, Store Manager, who gave him an overview of Tesco and its current operations in Wales, including focusing on the existing challenges facing the wider retail sector. Mr Bebb was then given a store tour and an overview of Tesco’s carbon neutral development. During this time the discussion covered local sourcing and produce in store and Tesco’s commitment to recycling. To conclude, Mr Bebb was given an overview of Tesco’s food waste activity and was given a briefing on the impact of Tesco’s Community Champions (CFCs) in the local area.

This was the penultimate visit of Mr Bebb’s IPT Fellowship and visits have seen him spend time with a variety of organisations across the retail and energy sectors including Waitrose, Sellafield Ltd and Magnox. 

Tesco is trying to become carbon neutral by 2050 and has opened “Zero Carbon” stores in Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Powys, Cefn Mawr, and Dublin.

Commenting on the visit Mr Bebb said:

“I would like to thank the IPT and Tesco for organising this visit to Cefn Mawr today. It was fascinating to learn in more detail about Tesco’s current investment decisions in Wales and the challenges in the current climate. I applaud Tesco’s desire to be carbon neutral by 2050 and it was interesting to hear more about Tesco’s food waste activity.”

Rhodri Evans, Tesco’s Local Communications Manager for Wales and the West of England added:

“It was a pleasure to host Mr Bebb at our Cefn Mawr store today. He showed a strong interest in the importance we place on Welsh sourcing and our carbon neutral commitments. I would like to thank the IPT for the role that they do in fostering a positive relationship between parliamentarians and business.”

Notes to Editor

*Fellowships are educational, non-lobbying attachments for parliamentarians, providing a unique perspective of the challenges and issues facing UK industry. Fellowships are available to all parliamentarians, including MPs, Peers and senior House staff from the Houses of Parliament, and also for MEPs from the European Parliament. They can take place in a range of organisations, from FTSE 100 companies to SMEs and voluntary organisations.