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    Thursday, 9 February 2017

    Fuel from Food - Waitrose to Fuel Lorries with Biomethane Fuel

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    Waitrose has teamed up with CNG Fuels to become the first European company to use lorries entirely run on biomethane gas. This renewable gas is produced from food waste, amongst other sources, and emits 70% less CO2, and is 35-40% cheaper than diesel.

    With diesel causing 70% of sooty polluting particulates in London air, reducing diesel fuel-usage by using biomethane fuel is a step in the right direction to cleaner, ‘greener’ air.

    So what is biomethane gas and how is it produced? Informative website biomethane.org.uk explains that the gas is produced by ‘anaerobic digestion of organic matter such as dead animal and plant material, manure, sewage, organic waste, etc.’

    Biomethane is chemically identical to natural gas and therefore can be used in the same ways. ‘It can be used for electricity generation, water heating, space heating, cooking as well as to fuel vehicles.’

    The gas will allow the Waitrose lorries to run for up to 500 miles, and despite the lorries costing more than diesel-run ones, the long-term cost of the renewable fuel proves to be more cost-effective.

    “We are committed to reducing our carbon emissions and playing our part in tackling climate change. Renewable biomethane gives us the opportunity to make our fleet cleaner and quieter and, with significant cost savings, there is a compelling business case to switch from diesel” - General Manager of Central Transport at the John Lewis Partnership, Justin Laney, as reported by 2Degrees Network.

    The fuel has been verified as renewable and sustainable, and has been approved by the Department for Transport’s Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) scheme. With a typical diesel HGV emitting 100 times more CO2 than a typical passenger vehicle, (if driving 125,000 miles per year), it’s no wonder retailers John Lewis and Argos are also on board with using the gas in a bid to reduce emissions.

    So, next time you recycle any food waste, remember it could be going towards transporting your next weekly shop to your local store. 


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    An aspiring journalist, Laura is our content writer intern.  Pop-punk gig-goer and drag queen enthusiast, Laura is working her way into the industry, with an English A -Level and love of writing about anything and everything in tow.
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