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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Request to Tesco for Statement on Aviation Thrust to Biofuels.

Dear Andrew,

Following my previous email to Philip Clarke, I am writing to see if you are closer to being able to produce a statement regarding Tesco's position on the aviation industry's dangerous thrust towards Biofuels and the pressing danger it imposes on your company's ability to maintain food supplies to your customers.

So you fully understand the urgency, I enclose a press release from Thomson Airways who are already moving towards biofuel services. We also have a tight deadline of the 18th October to complete our submission to the Department of Transport on the Sustainable Aviation Consultation, and would request you statement by then at the latest. 

If you would like to speak to anyone for first hand and expert knowledge on these vital issues, please do not hesitate to contact me and this can be arranged. 


Kevin Lister,
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--- On Mon, 26/9/11,  wrote:

Subject: Email to Philip Clarke
Date: Monday, 26 September, 2011, 9:07

Ref: 12101597

Dear Mr Lister

Thank you for your email addressed to Philip Clarke, our Chief Executive Officer. I have been asked to respond on his behalf. Please accept my apologies for the delay in doing so. 

I can see that you also sent your email to Hannah Clare, our former Climate Change Manager, and know a copy was then received by Andrew Yeo. Andrew is best placed to comment and will reply to you directly.  

Thank you for taking the time to bring your comments to attention of our Chief Executive.

Kind Regards

Angela Gorrie
Customer Service Executive

Tesco Logo

.................. Original Message .................. 

Received: 25/09/2011
Subject: Tesco support against massive aviation expansion of biofuels

Dear Philip, Hannah, 
I am currently preparing a submission for the government's consultation on sustainable aviation, see The submission that we make will be prepared with young people will therefore will represent those with the greatest stake in the global warming debate.

A key piece of the current aviation strategy is that aviation can become green and sustainable through extensive use of biofuels. 

However, this a very ill considered position which will have devastating implications for the environment and for food supplies. It will have direct implications for Tesco's ability to supply food to the population of this country and other other countries.  

Large scale biofuel production will require huge land grabs and will adversely impact food production, at a time when meeting world food demand is becoming more difficult due to rising population, climate change and peak oil. To achieve the goals of the aviation industry, an area the size of Europe would be needed.

In short the issues and implications are:

  • As food prices rise due to biofuel, the increasing number of people at subsistence levels in this country and abroad will be forced into total poverty leading to large scale social unrest and economic collapse.
  • Biofuel will lead to rapid and substantial increases in greenhouse gas emissions due to the amount of land that has to be cleared and the subsequent loss of carbon sequestration 
  • All of these issues were predicted in the report that I prepared for Tesco in 2008 and all of these are now coming to pass.
However the situation is now far worse. Any chance that we have for making significant reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions have evaporated with the disaster at Fukishima which will stop the nuclear renascence in its paths and with the collapse of carbon capture and storage due to engineering and financial issues.We must now brace ourselves for the nightmare scenario of an overpopulated world with average temperature rises in excess of 4 deg C.

In these dire circumstances we would appreciate a statement from Tesco, as a major food retailer condemning the ill considered support that this government and others are giving the aviation industry to pursue biofuels which we can then incorporate into our submission.

Regards, Kevin Lister
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