Tesco biofuel gets ROC status

Tesco has become the first UK retailer to get OFGEM certification for its biofuel. The fuel, based on ethanol created from organic waste products, has seen Tesco granted a Renewable […]

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By Sumit Bose

Tesco has become the first UK retailer to get OFGEM certification for its biofuel. The fuel, based on ethanol created from organic waste products, has seen Tesco granted a Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC) which confirms its 100% renewable credentials.

The fuel is currently being used to run specially adapted Combined Heat and Power (CHP) generators at two stores at Dumfries and Cheetham Hill and is a key part of Tesco’s aim for 50% cuts in carbon emissions by 2020.

Bukky Bird, Head of Environment in Tesco’s Property Services Team, 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.”