John Lewis Partnership open Biomethane gas filling station

The John Lewis Partnership is building a dedicated biomethane gas filling station to enable its largest heavy goods vehicles to use this low-carbon alternative to diesel. This move is part of John Lewis Partnership’s goal of transitioning its entire 4,800 transport fleet to renewable energy by 2030. 

The business is committed to becoming net zero carbon across its entire operations by 2050 at the latest and its 600 heavy goods vehicles to be switched to biomethane by 2028. 

John Lewis Partnership has partnered with Air Liquide to build this new biomethane gas filling station. The station will be in Bracknell, UK, the headquarters of John Lewis Partnership and has a planned open date of December 2020. This station will be the first on-site gas filling station of the business.   

John Lewis Partnership’s vision for the new biomethane gas filling station

The new biomethane gas filling station will enable the conversion of the Bracknell Waitrose fleet to biomethane and become another renewable gas alternative in addition to the gas filling stations already in use near to John Lewis and Waitrose regional distribution centres in Leyland, Lancashire, and in Northampton. 

The plan is for all Waitrose heavy good trucks, approximately 120, to be fuelled by biomethane made from food waste and food processing waste materials rather than diesel. According to a press release from the Partnership, this will reduce CO2 emissions by 80%, with each truck saving over 100 tonnes of CO2 annually. 

According to a press release from the Partnership, over the next seven years, the Bracknell site alone will save over 70,000 tonnes of CO2, equivalent to the carbon footprint produced by over 13,000 UK households. 

Justin Laney, Partner & 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.”

In 2019, the Partnership has reduced its total operational carbon emissions by 6.6% and emissions from transport by 6.9%. By the end of 2020, the Partnership plans to purchase a further 143 biomethane trucks, which will make this the largest order of biomethane trucks in the UK.

Future plans 

The Partnership plans to eliminate fossil fuels from its commercial vehicle and car fleet by 2030. This initiative could potentially mean approximately 750 refrigerated trailers could be converted from diesel to electric drive and the Partnership’s 1,300 car fleet could become 100% electric and any remaining vehicles that could not be converted to biomethane or electric will use hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) biodiesel. 

Increasingly, worldwide retailers are taking responsibility for their carbon emissions.    

Lina Kurdi

Lina Kurdi is an Editor and Senior Writer at CleanTech News with a primary focus on renewable energy. Lina became interested in sustainability initiatives in 2012, when news of global warming dominated the headlines. From then on, Lina has paid close attention to cleantech developments and the impact they have on protecting the Earth and all its inhabitants. With a particular interest in energy, Lina passionately believes renewable energy is the way forward into a sustainable future with net zero emissions.