Reducing emissions with biomethane-powered trucks

Transport contributes over 40% of our total carbon emissions. That’s why we have established an industry leading aim to have a zero carbon transport fleet by 2045.

In order to achieve this we will be converting all heavy goods vehicles to biomethane by 2028. This means rolling out over 500 new state-of-the-art Waitrose & Partners and John Lewis & Partners delivery trucks over the next ten years, powered by 100% renewable biomethane fuel, which significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions. The biomethane used in our trucks is renewable and produced solely from food waste and waste materials.

“We have been pioneering the adoption of long-distance biomethane trucks in the UK and scaling this up to our entire heavy truck fleet will deliver significant environmental and operational benefits”
 
Justin Laney, Partner & General Manager of Central Transport for the John Lewis Partnership

Each new biomethane truck can run up to 500 miles and emits over 80% less CO2 than a standard diesel alternative. Overall, the entire HGV fleet, once converted, will save more than 49,000 tonnes of CO2 every year - equivalent to the carbon footprint of just over 6,000 UK households.

Longer term, we will need to transition to a fully electric heavy vehicle fleet. However, current technology and infrastructure does not support this. As the UK’s electric vehicle infrastructure improves over the coming decades, we will develop our transport strategy in response - switching our heavy vehicle, van delivery and e-commerce fleets to electric vehicles.