UK retailer M&S in deal to buy biomethane

UK retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has agreed a deal with biogas plant developer Future Biogas for the purchase of 35,000 MWh of biomethane certificates, a move which will source the equivalent amount of energy to heat 15 M&S Simply Food stores all year round.

The gas will be produced at the Vulcan Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant near Doncaster (pictured) 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.

M&S’s deal with Future Biogas funds the production and M&S benefits from the carbon reduction through the certification scheme, estimated at more than 6,400 tonnes annually. It also provides significant revenues for farmers, giving break crops a commercial route to market not previously available.

Gio Patellaro, M&S Head of Energy Supply & Risk said: 'Over the past couple of years, M&S has worked tirelessly to improve its carbon efficiency and innovate in sustainability. As the first UK retailer to buy biomethane to use in this way, we are blazing a trail in the marketplace that we hope others will follow.'

The programme forms part of the company’s ‘Plan A’ launched in 2007.

Did You Like this Article? Get All the Energy Industry News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to an email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now

Whitepapers

Maximizing Operational Excellence

In a recent survey conducted by PennEnergy Research, 70% of surveyed energy industry professional...

Leveraging the Power of Information in the Energy Industry

Information Governance is about more than compliance. It’s about using your information to drive ...

Reduce Engineering Project Complexity

Engineering document management presents unique and complex challenges. A solution based in Enter...

Revolutionizing Asset Management in the Electric Power Industry

With the arrival of the Industrial Internet of Things, data is growing and becoming more accessib...