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Waitrose home delivers in green-powered vehicles

Following an announcement in July this year that food retailer Waitrose had submitted a planning application to the council that could see its 18,000 square foot supermarket in the Isle of Wight powered by biomass, the company is now switching to green transport fuel.

Five of Waitrose’s home delivery vans – Mercedes Sprinters – will run on liquid biomethane (LBM), a renewable vehicle fuel produced from landfill gas, delivering groceries to homes in central London.

Europe’s first commercial producer of LBM Gasrec will supply the transport fuel and also provide the Camden-based refuelling facility where the Waitrose vehicles can fill up.

All the Waitrose drivers who will be operating the new Gasrec vehicles will be fully trained and familiarised with the new vehicles.

‘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 alternative to diesel for us,’ fleet engineer at Waitrose Ray Collington said.