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Council Vehicles Run on Leftovers

Tuesday 17th August 2010

 

COUNCIL VEHICLES RUN ON LEFTOVERS

 

The Deputy Mayor of Bedford Borough, Charles Royden, will visit Biogen Greenfinch's Twinwoods biogas plant in Milton Ernest, at midday on Thursday 19th August, to see council vehicles refuelled with biomethane, produced from waste food.

 

Refuelling the two trial vehicles is part of the council’s ongoing drive to reduce carbon emissions. The use of biogas in council vehicles would mean local waste which would normally have gone to landfill, would be processed at a local facility to power local transport. This would reduce the levels of carbon emissions in the borough as well as reducing reliance on costly fossil fuels thus saving money for local taxpayers.

 

Biogas is created by a process called anaerobic digestion. Naturally occurring micro-organisms break down animal slurry and food waste, in a controlled environment without oxygen. This process then creates a methane rich biogas, which can be used as a renewable energy.

 

Cllr Charles Royden, Deputy Mayor of Bedford Borough, said: “The coalition government has said that they are committed to a huge increase in anaerobic digestion and Bedford Borough Council is at the forefront of this initiative. Producing gas from a renewable source means that it omits zero carbon emissions, so its users will not contribute to global warming. We are committed to doing all we can to reduce the environmental impact of our activities, so we are obviously keen to take forward  this process for the environmental and financial benefits.”

 

BiogenGreenfinch CEO Richard Barker said: "It's satisfying to know that local people's food waste will be put to such fantastic use. The potential for biogas and biomethane from food waste is enormous - it gives us vehicle fuel, electricity for the national grid, renewable heat and a valuable fertiliser."

 

Bedford Borough Council has provided 75% of the funding required for the trial, sourced from the Mayor’s ‘Green Grant’. The vehicles due to be refuelled and used in the trial have been loaned by Mercedes. The models are: a Sprinter 316NGT TL9 Minibus and a Sprinter 316NGT Medium Cage Dropside.

 

There is no cost to the council for this trial.

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