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M&S inks biomethane deal

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has agreed to buy 35,000MWh of biomethane certificates from Future Biogas.

The retailer said the deal will reduce its carbon footprint by more than 6,400 tonnes and source the equivalent amount of energy to heat 15 M&S Simply Food stores.

The biomethane gas will be produced at the Vulcan anaerobic digestion plant near Doncaster 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.

The M&S deal with Future Biogas funds the production and M&S will benefit from the carbon reduction through the certification scheme.

Gio Patellaro, head of energy supply and risk said: “As the first UK retailer to buy biomethane to use in this way, we are blazing a trail in the market place that we hope others will follow.

“With the help of Future Biogas, this deal takes us one step further in our commitment to ensure 50% of the energy used in M&S buildings comes from certified green biomethane sources by 2020.”

Future Biogas managing director Philipp Lukas added: “We look forward to supplying biomethane to M&S to help them deliver their market leading commitment to carbon reduction.”

Charlotte Morton, chief executive of the Anaerobic Digestion & Biogas Association said: “We are delighted that M&S has joined Future Biogas, Tamar Energy and other AD operators to become a shareholder in Green Gas Trading (GGT), following significant due diligence to test the robustness of the systems and processes behind GGT’s Biomethane Certification Scheme.

“GGT was established with our backing to ensure that the benefit of the ‘green’ element of biomethane is retained by the producers, not the shippers or suppliers, thus maximising its value, which will be vital for AD developers as tariffs degress.”

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