Retailer Marks & Spencer is to buy the total renewable energy output of an anaerobic digestion plant run by Shanks and Energen Biogas.
M&S sends food waste to the 60,000 tonnes per year facility in Cumbernauld, Glasgow, and the new agreement means that the retailer will purchase approximately 19,000MWh per year of electricity from the AD plant. This is enough to power 33 M&S Simply Food stores.
Shanks UK managing director Ian Goodfellow said: “M&S is a pioneer in responsible business practices and we are delighted to enter into this agreement with them. They have a firm commitment to sustainable waste management and utilising green energy and this agreement will take full advantage of our state-of-the-art AD plant in Cumbernauld. Not only does this reinforce our strategy to make more from waste, it also reflects Shanks’ strong and growing presence in organics recycling and recovery.”
M&S head of energy supply and risk Giacinto Patellaro added: “We’re delighted to sign this Power Purchase Agreement with Shanks and Energen Biogas. Having advocated the use of AD technology since the launch of sustainability programme, Plan A, back in 2007, we’re now seeing in practice how the plant at Cumbernauld is helping M&S to maintain our two of our targets: to produce 100 per cent renewable electricity and zero waste to landfill.
“As leaders in the field of AD and organic waste management, we look forward to continuing our relationship with Shanks and Energen Biogas.”