Loblaw’s to launch program to convert organic waste to electricity

Bramption, Ontario Grocer Loblaw Cos. and Canadian biogas company StormFisher Biogas have agreed to convert all of the organic trimmings produced at Loblaw corporate grocery stores in southwestern Ontario into renewable energy at a new StormFisher renewable-energy facility in London, Ontario.

According to a report in Progressive Grocer, the 47 Loblaw stores covered by the agreement are expected to provide organics that can generate the same amount of electricity as that used by about 225 homes annually, thereby reducing over 300 tons of CO2 equivalent yearly.

The StormFisher facility is slated to begin operation in late 2010.

A subsidiary of George Weston, Loblaw operates more than 1,000 corporate and franchised stores across Canada.