Shanks has signed its second “Power Purchase Agreement” with Marks & Spencer, which will see it supplying renewable energy from its new anaerobic digestion facility in Westcott, near Bicester, to several branches of the store.
M&S already sends food waste that cannot be re-used to Shanks, where it is converted into biogas for renewable energy and digestate. M&S will now buy back around 30,000 MWh per year of electricity from the facilities, which it says is enough to power 20 of its Simply Food stores under the terms of the two-year deal
Giacinto Patellaro, Head of Energy Supply & Risk at M&S, stated: “We’re delighted to sign our second Power Purchase Agreement with Shanks. Having advocated the use of AD technology since the launch of our sustainability programme, Plan A, back in 2007, we’re now seeing in practice how these deals are helping M&S to maintain two of our targets: to procure 100 percent renewable electricity and send zero waste to landfill.”
Peter Eglinton, UK Managing Director at Shanks, added: “We’re delighted with this new deal which demonstrates M&S’s continued commitment to responsible business practices and allows us to supply them with more electricity. This is an excellent example of our strategy of ‘making more from waste’.”
Under the first of these agreements Shanks has been supplying M&S with renewable energy from its AD facility in Cumbernauld – a joint venture between Shanks and Energen Biogas – which has a processing capacity of 60,000 tonnes a year. Westcott Park will soon have completed its commissioning and has a capacity of 48,000 tonnes a year.