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John Lewis launch biomethane trucks to reduce emissions

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Since being put in motion last year, the phasing out of diesel-powered vehicles by The John Lewis Partnership continues gaining momentum.

This week, the Partnership pledges to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, using biomethane-powered heavy goods vehicles as part of the initiative.

According to announcement, the company vehicles contribute over 40% of the Partnership carbon footprint.

Tackling this significant portion of its emissions, John Lewis is tackling this by setting targets for a zero-carbon fleet by 2045.

The firm claims that it is already introducing new biomethane-powered trucks into its fleet, with aims to switch over its entire 3,200-strong fleet to zero-emission vehicles.

“We recognise that urgent action is needed to keep global warming below 1.5C to avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate breakdown, and we are responding with our most ambitious set of targets yet, aiming to decarbonise as much as we can in the next ten years and setting out a clear path to becoming a net zero operation,” said Benet Northcote, partner and director of corporate responsibility at the John Lewis Partnership.

“It’s of paramount importance to us as a co-owned business to ensure the Partnership is prepared for the future. We are now only one generation away from 2050 and we are committed to playing our part in transitioning to a zero carbon future.”

Covering the initiative last year, Bioenergy Insights reported biomethane supplier CNG Fuels CEO Philip Fjeld saying, “Renewable and sustainably sourced biomethane is the most cost-effective and lowest-carbon alternative to diesel for HGVs, and is attracting increasing interest.”

The full John Lewis Partnership statement can be read here.