UK: Grocery delivery trucks powered by food waste

Waitrose chain of supermarkets will power its new fleet with biomethane.

UK supermarket chain, Waitrose, renounced sending food to the landfills five years ago, and now, it will turn the food that cannot be donated, into power. The Waitrose new delivery truck fleet will be powered by fuel made form food scraps.

Fuel made from waste is about 35-40% less expensive than diesel, although the trucks using it are 50% more expensive than normal diesel trucks. Nevertheless, the extra cost can be offset with two or three years of cheaper fuel leading to an overall save of $100,000 over the lifetime of a truck. An additional advantage is that these trucks emit 70% less CO2 and they can be refuelled within five minutes.

Philip Fjeld, CEO of CNG Fuels, which partnered with the supermarket on the switch, and which operates the fuelling stations, said: ‘As of today, there is sufficient biomethane or renewable gas from food waste to fuel thousands of trucks—I would say somewhere between 2,000 and 5,000 trucks.’

Source: Fast Company

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