M&S converting food waste to energy with Shanks

Posted on 31 October 2012

Marks & Spencer has signed a Power Purchase Agreement with international waste management business Shanks Group plc to procure the total renewable energy output of Shanks’ 2.4MW Anaerobic Digestion plant in Cumbernauld near Glasgow – a joint-venture with Energen Biogas.

M&S sends food waste to the 60ktpa AD plant, where it is converted into biogas for renewable energy generation and digestate for use as a nutrient-rich soil conditioner. The new agreement will see M&S directly purchase approximately 19,000 MWh per year of electricity from the AD plant, the equivalent energy used to power 33 M&S Simply Food stores, helping to close the loop for its food waste.

Giacinto Patellaro, Head of Energy Supply & Risk at M&S, comments: “We’re delighted to sign this Power Purchase Agreement with Shanks and Energen Biogas. 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 the plant at Cumbernauld is 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 and Energen Biogas.”

Ian Goodfellow, UK Managing Director at Shanks, comments: “M&S is a pioneer in responsible business practices and we are delighted to enter into this agreement with them. They have a firm commitment to sustainable waste management and utilising green energy and this agreement will take full advantage of our state-of-the-art AD plant in Cumbernauld.”