14 Nov 19

British department store switches to biomethane

The British chain of department stores John Lewis has announced that hundreds of its delivery lories will start using biomethane as fuel by 2021. This is in line with the company’s goal to power its entire delivery fleet with biomethane by 2028.

Today, a part of the company’s fleet is already powered by CNG. A full transition to biomethane would result in John Lewis reducing its fleet emissions by 80% and save over 49,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.

The biomethane John Lewis will use will come from cow manure, which will be processed by anaerobic bacteria that digest the manure to release biogas. However, biomethane can be produced in many different ways. Today, John Lewis is already using biomethane to run 80 delivery vans - in that case, the biomethane is made from food waste.

Extracting methane from cow manure is beneficial for the environment as cow manure emits methane into the atmosphere as it succumbs to bacteria. Using it to produce biomethane avoids this.

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Authored by: Benjamin Uyttebroeck