Supermarkets are falling over themselves to make green gestures at the moment, but this latest one by Tesco is interesting, as it could resurrect Britain's forgotten transport system: the canal. Reducing road traffic by making use of existing waterways could ultimately reduce carbon emissions by 80%, it has been claimed.
Starting from today, the supermarket giant will send freight along the Manchester Ship Canal - from Liverpool to Manchester; its first shipment will contain wine. A company statement said 50 lorries will be off the road each week, resulting in a saving of 1.1 million kilometres (683,000 miles) of heavy lorry journeys on British roads.
I'd personally love to see canals put back into regular use, as they are a wasted resource at present, catering mainly to holidaymakers. Let's hope this will encourage other companies to follow suit, and we might see them turn back into the working feats of engineering that they were built to be!