Tesco is to invest ?12m in building what it says is the
the UK?s first straw-powered combined heat and power
The supermarket giant last week (18 July) announced
plans to build a new five-megawatt plant running on
straw to meet the energy needs of its Goole distribution
Tesco claims the new facility will be effectively
carbon-neutral, preventing the release of several
thousand tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.
?We?ve set ourselves stretching targets to reduce the
carbon intensity of our business, and energy from
renewable sources is a key part of our strategy,? said
community and Government director David North. ?We?ve
identified five sites that would be suitable for further
biomass technology and are making big investments in
wind turbines too.?
Building work will begin in Goole shortly, with the
plant becoming operational in 2009.
Tesco has also applied for planning permission to build
a second biomass plant at its Livingston distribution