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Supermarket giant says EfW is complicated

Supermarket giant Tesco has said that choosing which energy from waste (EfW) technology to implement is a “complicated decision”.

Speaking at this year’s RWM exhibition Tesco renewables programme manager Jake Ronay explained the challenges facing the retailer when it comes to deciding on the most appropriate way to deal with EfW.

Tesco has already made several commitments to carbon reduction and waste minimisation and has hit many targets so far. However, EfW is a new area which the supermarket chain is yet to move into.

Ronay explained that Tesco was very keen to look at developing EfW but what form it should take and how best to locate it alongside its supermarkets is yet to be decided.

He said: “When I initially agreed to come and speak to you about this it was a while ago and I had hoped we would be a bit further along with it than we are.

“We have been looking into lots of different options but there are many, many different things we need to consider such as what type of waste we should be looking to use for energy generation, how far along our supply chain we should be looking to use it, where it would be best to locate a plant, what type of technology we should use and also, what impact government legislation, such as the RHI [Renewable Heat Incentive], will have on EfW going forward.”

When questioned on whether EfW was definitely the way forward for Tesco Ronay was very honest in his response.

He said: “The truth is I just don’t know. For us the most important thing is to reduce our carbon footprint my minimising waste and generating renewable energy but whether the best way to do this is via energy from waste or by other methods, we have still got to decide.”

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