The John Lewis Partnership is to phase out all diesel-powered heavy trucks from its fleet by 2028.
Instead it will roll out more than 500 delivery trucks powered by bio-methane to the John Lewis and Waitrose fleets.
Each bio-methane truck can run up to 500 miles and emits 80 per cent less CO2 than a standard diesel alternative.
The partnership has been trialling bio-methane trucks since 2015 as a low-carbon alternative to diesel, with 61 bio-methane trucks already in operation or about to be delivered and the bio-methane fuel supplied by CNG Fuels. Six Waitrose delivery trucks are also currently trialling zero-emission refrigeration units as part of the Low Emissions Freight and Logistics Trial.
Justin Laney, partner & general manager of central transport, said: “We have been pioneering the adoption of long-distance bio-methane trucks in the UK and scaling this up to our entire heavy truck fleet will deliver significant environmental and operational benefits. Five bio-methane trucks produce the same emissions as one diesel lorry and they are also much quieter, helping reduce not only greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution but also noise pollution in our cities.”