Concept: Lidl Northern Ireland (LIDL) and McCulla Transport (McCulla), a Lisburn logistics company have co-launched a fully green transport fleet powered by waste-to-energy generation. The new sustainable transport fleet aims to deliver better efficiencies and reduces Lidl’s carbon emissions of these vehicles by 93%.
Nature of Disruption: The new green transport fleet consists of eight bio-methane-powered trucks. It uses the food waste collected from 41 Lidl stores in North Ireland. Using that, McCulla then creates a fully renewable bio-methane gas at its anaerobic digester (AD) plant in Lisburn. The bio-methane gas acts as the primary fuel source for the vehicles and powers a sustainable transport operation that further delivers produce to the Lidl stores. The fleet covers more than 2,300 road miles a day and safely delivers fresh food to more than 300,000 weekly customers across Lidl’s regional store network. This new transport is a step towards decarbonizing the energy system by replacing fossil-fuelled transport with green transport.
Outlook: Low emissions transport is one of the sustainable solutions that can help reverse climate change. Lidl and McCulla introduced the green transport fleet, an integrated waste-to-energy sustainable transport model, to help tackle climate change. This is not only good for the climate but also creates green jobs and benefits the environment.
This article was originally published in Verdict.co.uk