The Waitrose vehicles will refuel from a Gasrec-run refuelling facility based in Camden, north London, where Gasrec ran a successful six month trial of a Iveco Daily 65C14G cage tipper (used for street cleansing operations on behalf of Camden Council). The trial resulted in a 62 per cent saving in CO² over diesel.
Gasrec CEO Richard Lilleystone announced through a company’s press release: “We are delighted that Waitrose has elected to use biomethane and we hope that this step will be the beginning of a larger deployment. It is apparent that growing numbers of like-minded organisations are electing to use biomethane as a fuel of choice which is good news for the environment.”
On behalf of Waitrose, fleet engineer for commercial vehicles Ray Collington expressed: “The John Lewis Partnership is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and to using, where possible, locally sourced materials. Gasrec’s Liquid Biomethane gives us a high-performance vehicle, using local sustainable fuel that will reduce our CO² emissions. It is a real viable alternative to diesel for us.”
The liquid biomethane is created by extracting naturally occurring methane from organic waste in landfill sites and converting it to a high quality, clean fuel.