Tesco first UK retailer to receive OFGEM certification for biofuel

Tesco has become the UK's first retailer to receive certification from OFGEM following two years of research and development to produce a biofuel generated from waste products.

The fuel is a key part of Tesco’s commitment to achieve 50% cuts in carbon emissions by 2020. The retailer has been granted a renewable obligation certificate (ROC) for the fuel, which is based on ethanol created from organic waste.

The fuel is currently being used to fuel combined heat and power generators at two of its stores, at Dumfries and Cheetham Hill.

Tesco’s head of environment for its property services team, Bukky Bird, said: “This has been the culmination of two years’ hard work by Tesco and to receive such exclusive recognition by the Government is a huge boost for our renewable energy programme.

“Throughout the process Tesco has fostered an important relationship with the supply chain and will look to roll out the fuel to more stores in the near future as we cement ourselves becoming a zero carbon retailer by 2050.”

Maxine Perella

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