Marks & Spencer (M&S) is buying 35,000MWh of biomethane certificates from producer Future Biogas in a bid to reduce its carbon footprint and offset energy used in its estate. The move will cut the retailer’s carbon footprint by more than 6,400 tonnes and offset the annual energy needed to heat 15 M&S Simply Food stores
The biomethane gas will be produced at the Vulcan Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant near Doncaster using break crops (non-commercial crops used for soil regeneration) from farms across Yorkshire and the North East. The gas is then pumped into the national grid.
Gio Patellaro, M&S head of energy supply and risk said: “As the first UK retailer to buy biomethane to use in this way, we are blazing a trail in the market place that we hope others will follow.”
M&S and other retailers are already diverting food waste from landfill and sending it to anaerobic digestion plants. M&S has also set itself the target of securing half of energy used in its buildings from certified green biomethane sources by 2020.