France: Carrefour opens its first biomethane station

The French multinational retailer has taken a big step in its biomethane initiative, opening its first biomethane service station.

The new facility will play a part in allowing the French multinational retailer to expand its fleet of vehicles running on biomethane.

By the end of 2017, Carrefour aims to have nine biomethane service stations throughout France, enabling 200 lorries to make clean, silent deliveries to 250 urban stores in Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Marseille and the French capital, Paris.

The new Servon station in the Ile-de-France region was completed in a collaboration with a French natural gas specialist. Carrefour has entered into listing agreements with its other energy partners in order to open the other eight service stations.

Lorries running on biomethane have strong environmental performance, reducing C02 emissions by 75%, noise pollution by 50%, and producing no particle emissions. Carrefour will open up its biomethane stations to other stakeholders in the transport sector who have vehicles running on biomethane.

The biomethane lorries form part of Carrefour’s ambitious transport policy, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for each pallet transported by 30% by 2025. As well as the new biomethane lorries, the company is moving its warehouses closer to its stores, adopting a responsible procurement policy and working closely with its main transport partners in the supply chain in order to reduce emissions.

Source: Bioenergy Insight

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