John Lewis Partnership to build dedicated biomethane gas filling station
The John Lewis Partnership is to reduce its carbon emissions by building a dedicated biomethane gas filling station to enable its biggest heavy goods vehicles to use a low-carbon alternative to diesel.
The new station will be built in conjunction with Air Liquide and will open at the partnership’s head office in Bracknell in December. It will facilitate the conversion of the Bracknell Waitrose fleet to biomethane and complement gas filling stations already in use near to John Lewis and Waitrose regional distribution centres in Leyland and Northampton.
Some 85 of the partnership’s heavy diesel vehicles have been replaced by biomethane trucks since 2015 and a further 143 will be purchased and be in operation by the end of 2020.
The partnership will also be working to stop using fossil fuels across its 4,800 strong transport fleet by 2030.
Justin Laney, general manager of central transport at the John Lewis Partnership, said: “The evidence of climate change is all around us, so it’s important we act now using available technology rather than wait for unproven solutions to appear. We are working hard towards our new aim of removing all fossil fuel from our transport fleet by 2030, which will reduce our carbon emissions by over half a million tonnes and gets us well on the way to our ultimate target of operating a net zero carbon emission fleet.”
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