Tesco to use Anaerobic Digestion

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18 August 2010

Tesco's new distribution centre at Widnes is to be powered completely by renewable energy derived from food waste thanks to a new sustainability partnership with transport company Stobart Group and food waste recycling experts PDM Group.

The 528,000 sq.ft. distribution centre, which aims to increase service capacity to Tesco's growing network of stores in north-west England, will be powered by PDM's neighbouring combined heat and power plant.  PDM's plant currently turns 230,000 tonnes of food waste, including all of Tesco's meat-waste, into renewable heat and electricity.

In addition to the above, Stobarts will reduce vehicle movements by undertaking specific food waste collections and back-hauling food waste to PDM's plant.  Overall, it is anticipated that the partnership will reduce CO2  emissions by around 7000 tonnes every year.

Juliette Bishop, corporate affairs manager, at Tesco said: "This venture is an ideal example of how sustainability is at the very core of the Tesco business and it's great that we can demonstrate that our food waste is directly providing power back into our operations, helping us to reduce waste going to landfill and our carbon footprint."

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