Retailers Waitrose, John Lewis and Argos have signed up to use biomethane fuel generated wholly from food waste in their vehicle fleets.
The compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel has been launched by Solihull-based CNG Fuels. It comes after the Department for Transport started a consultation on waste-derived fuels as part of its goal for nearly all vehicles to be zero emission by 2050.
The gas is compressed at CNG Fuels’ refuelling stations in Leyland in Lancashire and Crewe in Cheshire. The company is developing a network of refuelling stations on major routes fed by the gas grid. Including fuel duty, biomethane CNG retails at 65p/kg before VAT (the equivalent of 49p/litre for diesel).
Haulier Brit European has joined the retailers in committing to using CNG for its long-distance articulated lorries.
Although gas-powered vehicles cost more than diesel, the company says high-mileage vehicles can recoup the extra cost easily through fuel savings. Vehicles travelling 125,000 miles a year should cover the extra costs within two to three years.
CNG Fuels says the biomethane is independently verified as renewable and sustainable, and approved under the Department for Transport’s Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) scheme. Use of the gas generates Renewable Transport Fuel Certificates because it originates from anaerobic digestion plants which are not supported by the Renewable Heat Incentive or other subsidy schemes.
Philip Fjeld, chief executive of CNG Fuels, said: “Renewable and sustainably sourced biomethane is the most cost-effective and lowest-carbon alternative to diesel for HGVs, and is attracting increasing interest.
“We are expanding our refuelling infrastructure nationwide to help fleet operators save money, cut carbon and clean up our air. We are proud to be the first company in the UK to offer its customers RTFO-approved biomethane, and are pleased to be able to do so at the same price as fossil fuel gas.”
CNG Fuels was established in 2014.
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