Marks & Spencer has signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to buy back renewable energy generated from its own food waste.
The deal will see M&S purchase around 30,000MWh per year from facilities where its food waste is processed via anaerobic digestion, enough to power 20 M&S Simply Food stores. The agreement will initially run for two years.
M&S’ comprehensive Plan A sustainability programme includes the ambitious targets of using 100% renewable energy and sending zero waste to landfill. Therefore, says Marks & Spencer head of energy supply and risk Giacinto Patellaro, the deal ticks two boxes for the retailer,
“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.”
This is the second PPA M&S has signed with waste management firm Shanks, the first having been agreed in 2012.