Shanks, the leading international waste management business, has signed a second Power Purchase Agreement with Marks & Spencer (“M&S) to supply renewable energy from its new anaerobic digestion (‘AD’) facility in Westcott, near Bicester.
M&S sends food waste that cannot be passed on to food banks and local charities to Shanks, where it is converted into biogas for renewable energy and digestate for use as a nutrient-rich soil conditioner. M&S will buy back around 30,000 MWh per year of electricity from the facilities – enough to power 20 M&S Simply Food stores.
Giacinto Patellaro, Head of Energy Supply & Risk at M&S, comments:
“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% renewable electricity and send zero waste to landfill. As leaders in the field of AD and organic waste management, we look forward to continuing our relationship with Shanks.”
Peter Eglinton, UK Managing Director at Shanks, says:
“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’. ”
The agreement follows an existing deal whereby Shanks supply M&S with renewable energy from its AD facility in Cumbernauld. The facility at Cumbernauld is a joint venture between Shanks and Energen Biogas and 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.
The agreement between Shanks and M&S runs for two years.