Tesco transports wine by canal saving CO2.

19 October 2007

Tesco has taken a step back in time to the days of the Industrial Revolution by transporting wine by canal.

The supermarket chain claims the move is part of a campaign to cut carbon emissions and ease road congestion.

The new strategy began yesterday, with 132,000 gallons of wine transported on barges from Liverpool to Manchester on the ManchesterShip Canal.

Eco-friendly: Tesco has become the first major retailer to start transporting freight by canal

According to Tesco, the journey will take 50 lorry journeys off the M62 motorway each week and transport the equivalent of 41.5million bottles of wine per year.

Carbon emissions will also be cut on the route by 80 per cent.

Previously Tesco's wine shipments have arrived in the UK at various southern ports before being driven to a bottling depot in Manchester.

The new service involves containers being shipped to Liverpool then transferred to barges and sent to the bottling site.

Tesco says plans are under way to use similar waterborne freight routes in other parts of Britain.


Canal transport: The supermarket giant says the move will mean thousands of lorries are taken off the roads

Reducing carbon emissions and looking at how we can make the business more environmentally-friendly is a priority and by 2012 we aim to halve the amount of carbon emitted per case of goods delivered."

The new cargo service involves three journeys a week, delivering an estimated 600,000 litres of wine on each journey along the 40-mile stretch of the canal.

The scheme has won the support of Sea and Water, the independent pressure group lobbying for maximising the use of Britain's waterways for freight transport.

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