Hundreds of John Lewis delivery trucks will begin running on cow power from 2021 as the retailer weans its fleet off polluting diesel fuel and switches to carbon-neutral cow manure. The retailer will begin using renewable biomethane made from manure slurry for almost 300 John Lewis and Waitrose delivery vans under new plans from its fuel supplier to swap rotting vegetables for poo power at no extra cost. John Lewis currently runs 80 vans on biomethane from food waste, but plans to expand its green fleet by up to 200 vans within the next 18 months before switching to manure.
Guardian 7th Nov 2019 read more »
The UK took a small but significant step forward on its journey towards decarbonising the transport sector on Tuesday, with the approval of the country’s first commercial scale Bio-Substitute Natural Gas (BioSNG) plant. The plant, which is being developed by clean tech firm Progressive Energy, aims to generate renewable gas from up to 175,000 tonnes of bio resources, principally unrecyclable wood and waste that can be converted into a low carbon refuse-derived fuel. The resulting biogas is set to be used in the transport sector, where it will generate sufficient fuel to power up to 1,000 low-carbon Heavy Goods Vehicles and buses every year, the company said. Progessive Energy’s Chris Manson-Whitton called the development “the first of many BioSNG plants that could be built across the country”.
Business Green 7th Nov 2019 read more »