Tesco Ireland commits to using biomethane to fuel transport fleet

Biomethane fuelled trucks at Tesco’s distribution centre in Donabate, Co Dublin

50 biomethane trucks to be rolled out from early July



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4 July 2024

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Tesco Ireland has taken delivery of 50 state-of-the-art biomethane fuelled trucks which will operate across its country-wide distribution network.

The new biomethane trucks are coming on stream as part of Tesco’s strategy to ‘reduce its carbon footprint and enhance the environmental sustainability of its operations’.

The retailer noted that the trucks will immediately replace 50 diesel units, cutting down tailpipe carbon emissions by up to 90%.

Andy McGregor, head of sustainability, Tesco Ireland, said: “This is a significant moment in our journey towards decarbonising our business.

“Transitioning to biomethane from diesel will significantly reduce our transport emissions and is an important step towards reaching our goal of net zero emissions across scopes 1, 2 and 3 by 2050.”

Transport partner

The biomethane fleet will be operated by Tesco’s transport partner DHL and the trucks will be used to transport produce to stores from its distribution centres in Dublin.

David O’Neill, supply chain manager, DHL, added:This is such an important project to demonstrate the role biomethane can play in Irish commercial transport and a significant step towards decarbonising Tesco’s fleet.

“Our partnership with Tesco shows what can be achieved through a shared commitment to sustainability and we’re looking forward to continuing this journey together.

“DHL is fundamentally decarbonising a significant proportion of the retail transport sector in Ireland, and this partnership with Tesco Ireland is a big part of that story.”

Renewable fuel

Biomethane, a renewable energy source produced from organic waste, offers a cleaner alternative to traditional fossil fuels.

Tesco Ireland highlighted that the renewable fuel for the trucks will come from Irish and European anaerobic digestion plants, and the trucks will refuel at the newly opened BioCNG refuelling station operated by Flogas at nearby St Margaret’s in north Dublin.

Each truck has a range capacity of 700 kms on a full tank of Biomethane Gas which allows the Tesco business to reach any of its 177 stores and return without refuelling.

Each tractor will complete an average of 15 to 20 truckloads of store deliveries across the country each week from Letterkenny to Kerry to Dublin.

Read more: Tesco Ireland opens 177th store at Newmarket Yards



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