Shell to build one of Europe’s biggest biofuels facilities for SAF and renewable diesel; 820000 tonnes/year

Royal Dutch Shell will build an 820,000-tonnes-a-year biofuels facility at the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam, the Netherlands, formerly known as the Pernis refinery. Once built, the facility will be among the largest in Europe to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel made from waste.

Shell expects the Rotterdam biofuels facility to start production in 2024. It will produce low-carbon fuels such as renewable diesel from waste in the form of used cooking oil, waste animal fat and other industrial and agricultural residual products, using technology developed by Shell.

Shell will use bio-naphtha and light hydrocarbon gasses created during the formation process to create hydrogen. Hydrogen and high-pressure steam are then used in the production process to convert oils into fuels (hydroprocessing), helping to reduce the fuel’s carbon intensity.

A range of certified sustainable vegetable oils, such as rapeseed, will supplement the waste feedstocks until even more sustainable advanced feedstocks are widely available. The facility will not use virgin palm oil as feedstock.

Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) could make up more than half of the 820,000-tonnes-a-year capacity, with the rest being renewable diesel. Shell can adjust this mix to meet customer demand.

A facility of this size could produce enough renewable diesel to avoid 2,800,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions a year—the equivalent of taking more than 1 million European cars off the roads (based on the annual driving distance of a UK/EU driver, assuming a medium-sized diesel car).

Shell expects to capture carbon emissions from the manufacturing process and store them in an empty gas field beneath the North Sea through the Porthos (Port of Rotterdam CO? Transport Hub and Offshore Storage) project. A final investment decision for Porthos is expected next year.

When built, Porthos will transport and store CO2 that is captured by various companies, including Shell. The project aims to capture up to 2.5 million tonnes of CO2 a year from 2024.

As part of its Powering Progress strategy, Shell is transforming its refineries (14 as of October 2020) into five energy and chemicals parks. Shell aims to reduce the production of traditional fuels by 55% by 2030 and provide more low-carbon fuels such as biofuels for road transport and aviation, and hydrogen. The Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam is the second park to be announced, following the launch in July of the Energy and Chemicals Park Rheinland, in Germany.

The biofuels project complements Shell’s plans to build a 200-megawatt hydrogen electrolyzer in the Port of Rotterdam. Shell is working with partners to create a green hydrogen hub in the Port of Rotterdam. In July 2020, Shell and Eneco were awarded a tender for the 759-megawatt (MW) Hollandse Kust Noord offshore wind project in the North Sea. This renewable power can be used to produce green hydrogen at the planned 200 MW electrolyzer, which is intended to start operations by 2023 to produce about 50,000 – 60,000 kg of hydrogen a day.

Global Alliance for sustainable energy is formed to take collective action towards the full sustainability of renewable energy – Business Review

A group of global leaders from across the renewable energy value chain and the sector’s innovation ecosystem today launched a new organization to ensure renewables are wholly sustainable for people and the planet and lead a just transition away from fossil fuels.

 

The partners, united in a shared vision for the sustainability of the renewables industry and the need to take concrete, collaborative action, have come together to create the Global Alliance for Sustainable Energy. The initiative, launched today in a virtual event, is unique in its scope and ambition, representing the founding members’ joint response to the urgent need to decarbonize the global energy system while ensuring its sustainability from an environmental, social and governance (ESG) perspective.

The Global Alliance for Sustainable Energy brings together utility companies from diverse geographies, major manufacturers in the wind power and solar PV supply chains as well as sector associations and innovation partners. The 17 founding members are, in alphabetical order: 3M, Adani Green Energy Ltd., Edp, Eletrobras, Enel Green Power, Global Solar Council, Global Wind Energy Council, Goldwind, Iberdrola, JA Solar, Nordex Group, NTPC Limited, Politecnico di Milano, Politecnico di Torino, ReNew Power, Risen Energy and Trina Solar.

“We have to act now – and act together – in making a serious commitment towards carbon-free, sustainable energy,” said Salvatore Bernabei, representative of the founding members of the Global Alliance for Sustainable Energy, and CEO of Enel Green Power. “We will pursue our mission to make a collective impact in embedding sustainability across the entire value chain by leveraging on core, shared values: responsibility, respect for human rights, protection of the environment and biodiversity, but also open collaboration and transparency.”

The Global Alliance for Sustainable Energy aims to redefine the meaning of ‘sustainable energy’ and embrace all those working in and impacted by renewables, joining efforts with civil society, end-users, policymakers, academic institutions, materials suppliers, Original Equipment Manufacturers and likeminded utilities to interface with governments and investors. The initiative is fully aligned with the 2030 agenda set out in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

While wind and solar have distinct characteristics as renewable technologies, they are highly complementary and share both similar growth trajectories and similar challenges to their sustainable deployment. Closer alignment between wind and solar is therefore critical for accelerating the energy transition.

“The wind industry has a crucial role to play in cleaning up the dirty parts of the global economy such as steel, cement and heavy transport but also to decarbonize our own supply chain at the same time,” said Ben Backwell, CEO of the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). “Work on the wind industry’s own sustainability is already under way as we move from pilot projects to a full-scale industry approach, addressing challenges such as circular economy solutions to blade recycling and protecting labor practices and human rights in a rapidly expanding workforce.”

“Beyond its climate impact, solar power can make a significant contribution towards the Sustainable Development Goals thanks to the ‘ripple effect’ that fans out into the economic, social and environmental domains, benefiting areas such as health, education, gender equality and poverty alleviation,” said Gianni Chianetta, CEO of the Global Solar Council (GSC). “What is key is a joined-up effort. It’s no longer enough for any one technology, industry or organization to lead the way: we need to lead together, with collaboration and joint action.”

The launch of the Alliance comes at a critical time for climate action and the energy transition, just two months ahead of the United Nations’ COP26 climate summit due to take place in Glasgow. Meanwhile, the latest scientific assessment from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned that the world is off track to limit global temperatures increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels or even keep them well below 2°C, as set out in the 2015 Paris Agreement, and has indicated that the planet will warm by 1.5°C in the next two decades without drastic moves to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said this scientific consensus “must sound a death knell for coal and fossil fuels before they destroy our planet”.

The pathway to keeping global heating within the limits set by the Paris Agreement is net-zero by 2050 and climate action needs to be stepped up to reach that goal. In that scenario, almost 70% of electricity generation globally would come from solar PV and wind power, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Renewable power technologies, led by wind and solar PV, have already stepped up to dominate new installations of electricity generation, as they have become the cheapest sources of power in many markets. In the past seven years, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), more renewable power was added annually to the world’s grids than from fossil fuels and nuclear combined: in 2020, the dominance of clean technologies over traditional sources climbed further with 260 gigawatts of renewables-based generation added worldwide, more than four times that of other sources.

The launch event – The Sustainability Mission of the Energy Transition: Presenting the Global Alliance for Sustainable Energy – will feature speakers from founding members, who will provide perspectives about how their own organizations are already actively working towards the Alliance’s vision for sustainable energy. That will include roundtables addressing the topics of sustainability in the renewables supply chain and progress towards net-zero goals. External experts will provide insights on key topics for the Alliance, including: Dante Pesce, former chair and current member of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights; Heidi Huusko, Senior Manager, Environment Climate at the UN Global Compact; Peter Paul van de Wijs, Chief External Affairs Officer, Global Reporting Initiative; Michela Miletto, Director, UNESCO Programme Office on World Water Assessment; and Meredith Adler, Executive Director of Student Energy.

The 17 members of the Alliance are set to work together to tackle the sustainability challenges in this transition and bring results both in the short and the medium term. They start their collaboration by focusing on four key areas where they can achieve quick wins for the sustainability of the renewable energy industry, aligning different players by setting and harmonizing standards and metrics, around which common targets can be set, and aligning around best practices. The focus areas are: net-zero emissions and CO2 footprints; circular economy and design; human rights; and the water footprints.

The alliance is open to new members who share this vision and can contribute concretely towards the ultimate goal of becoming a truly sustainable industry within the transition to net-zero by 2050.

$350 Million Plant To Deliver Renewable Energy-from-waste Considered

Investigations have begun into the viability of building
an Energy-from-Waste plant that will safely convert 350,000
tonnes of waste, that would otherwise be dumped into South
Island landfills annually, into renewable
electricity.

Under Project Kea, South Island Resource
Recovery Limited (SIRRL)*, a joint venture bringing together
New Zealand expertise with world-leading Spanish and Chinese
waste technology, is looking at possible sites to build an
Energy-from-Waste plant near Waimate in South
Canterbury.

Using world-leading best available
technology and the most stringent environmental management
practices, we propose to produce a significant amount of
renewable energy to be provided as steam and electricity for
local industry and communities in the region.

SIRRL
Board Director, Paul Taylor says, “Waste materials that
are delivered to the plant for disposal will be contained
within a negative pressure bunker storage environment which
eliminates any possibility of any odour from the plant. All
emissions from the processing of the waste will meet strict
air quality and noise standards set by central government
and the regional council. “

Waimate Mayor Craig
Rowley says that Project Kea is an exciting proposal which
could create many benefits for the district.

“This
would include new employment opportunities and is yet
another example of the district’s appeal to commercial
operators. This initiative has yet to go through the
required consenting process, but we know the growth these
major enterprises can create – and that’s a big positive
for the Waimate District,” Mayor Rowley
said.

“Although its early days in our planning,”
says Paul Taylor, “our priority is to meet with the local
Waimate community prior to the lodgment of resource consent
to build and operate the $350 million plant. These meetings
begin next week.

“In the construction phase, the
plant will create work for over 300 people and over 100
direct and indirect roles on the plant’s
completion.”

Mr Taylor says that these Energy from
Waste plants are popular throughout the northern hemisphere
especially Europe because they are providing an
environmentally clean solution to a residual waste disposal
problem at the same time as generating renewable energy.
These plants are able to be located close to urban areas
with no environmental, odour or noise issues.

All
waste that goes to them needs to first have anything
recyclable removed.

We are very clear that recycling
is the priority and desire only waste that is otherwise
destined for landfill, after any options for
reuse”.

“There will be no visible air discharges
emitted from the plant into the atmosphere other than
non-toxic condensing water vapour. Steam produced
within the plant is converted into electricity and delivered
to local industries as well as to the national
grid.

“New Zealand is in the middle of a landfill
waste crisis, as was seen with the 2019 Fox River landfill
environmental disaster,” says Paul Taylor.

“Waste
disposed at municipal landfills grew by 48 per cent between
2009 and 2019. Our waste systems now face major challenges,
exacerbated by the global and domestic impact of
COVID-19.†

“Many of the South Island’s landfills
are older, overpacked and failing. An increase in population
and more extreme weather events will put further pressure on
landfills.

“Landfill gas from waste contains high
concentrations of methane, and if not first captured, has
about 30 times higher global warming impact compared to
carbon dioxide.‡

“The recent landfill disaster
following the flooding of Fox River – part of a UNESCO
World Heritage site – was watched by the rest of the world
and was a stark, ugly reminder of what is barely under the
surface of our beautiful country.

“The breakdown of
these landfills is happening now – we cannot leave this
problem for the next generation to deal with.

“The
proposed plant can run alongside New Zealand’s essential
waste minimisation and recycling efforts and, at the same
time, produce renewable energy to benefit the local
economy.

“The local Waimate community is the first
priority for SIRRL, and we will be talking with local people
to answer any questions and hear community views on the
proposed plant. It is important community feedback is
considered before a resource consent application to build
and operate the plant is lodged later this
year.”

Consents will be required from both
Environment Canterbury and the Waimate District
Council

“We have a website https://www.projectkea.co.nz/
where anyone can learn more, including about the
Energy-from-Waste process,” says Paul Taylor.

 

*SIRRL
is a joint venture between Spanish company Urbaser SAU, New
Zealand’s Renew Energy Limited, and China Tianying
Incorporated.

†Ministry for the Environment; Cabinet
Paper: Proposals for a more effective waste levy;
June 2020.

‡United States Environmental Protection
Agency, Landfill Outreach Methane
Programme.

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DC Sustainable Energy Utility opens more than $10 million in funding for LMI community solar projects

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Ipsun Solar installs a project in Washington, DC.

The DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) has issued an RFP offering more than $10 million in incentives to contractors and developers to build community solar projects as part of the District of Columbia’s Solar for All program. Solar for All is Mayor Muriel Bowser’s initiative to provide 100,000 low-to-moderate income (LMI) families with the benefits of locally generated clean energy, one of the largest LMI solar energy and decarbonization efforts in the country.

The program, which was launched in 2016 by the District Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) and has been operated by the DCSEU since 2018, is designed to cut electricity costs in half for low- to moderate-income DC residents for 15 years, all at no cost to residents themselves. Residents can access the program in two ways: working with a participating contractor to install solar systems directly on the rooftop of single-family homes, or by subscribing to Solar for All Community Solar, which provides qualifying residents with electricity bill credits from the power generated by larger community solar systems installed across the District.

“I’m proud of Mayor Bowser’s commitment to cut fossil fuel use by 50% in 10 years,” said Tommy Wells, director of DOEE. “Our city’s significant investment in solar power will help us meet this ambitious goal.”

FY 2022 will be the fourth year that the DCSEU has operated Solar for All. By the end of FY 2021, the DCSEU expects to have installed enough community solar to cut electricity costs by 50% for up to 5,800 families for the next 15 years. Over those 15 years, these families will save as much as $40 million on their electricity costs.

“The District’s Solar for All program drives economic opportunity for District businesses, green job opportunities for residents, and most importantly, savings opportunities for DC families who need it most,” said Ted Trabue, managing director of the DCSEU. “We’re honored to work with DOEE on this vital program and look forward to continuing to help the District achieve its renewable energy goals while ensuring DC residents can access the benefits of the clean energy economy.”

The DCSEU is seeking contractors and developers, especially District-based Certified Business Enterprises (CBEs), to install community solar projects. In FY 2022, the DCSEU expects to award more than $10 million in funding to contractors and developers to support community solar installations under the program, with a goal of installing enough community solar to cut electricity bills in half for an additional 2,000 income-qualified families in DC. The DCSEU also plans to launch a second RFP in September seeking contractors and developers to install solar directly on the rooftops of single-family homes for income-qualified residents.

Solar for All supports the District’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Expansion Amendment Act of 2016, which aims to provide the benefits of solar energy to 100,000 low-income households by 2032. The program also supports the District’s Clean Energy DC climate and energy plan, mandating that 100% of the District’s energy supply must come from Tier 1 renewable energy sources by 2032. By 2041, at least 10% of that energy must come from solar energy generated within the District.

Contractors and developers interested in participating in Solar for All can download the RFP at https://www.dcseu.com/about/contracting-opportunities. Responses are due on October 19, 2021. Selected bidders are expected to be awarded in November 2021.

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Real Talk: Does Eco-Friendly Cryptocurrency Exist?

Cryptocurrency is a buzzword in the financial and technological world. It has become an ideal investment asset and online payment method. In other words, many people are relying on cryptocurrencies to conduct online transactions. According to CNBC, 1 in 10 people has invested in cryptocurrencies.

Nevertheless, as other sectors strive to go green, cryptocurrencies have not received much attention. But that is not to say nothing has been done, no! The industry players have made great strides in making the cryptocurrency industry eco-friendly. This is important, because cryptocurrencies have traditionally had a bad impact on the environment.

In May this year, Tesla halted Bitcoin payment for their products due to environmental concerns. According to Elon Musk, they are considering other eco-friendly options, precisely using less than one percent of Bitcoin’s energy consumption. But this begs the question, are there eco-friendly cryptocurrencies? According to various coin predictions, YES, there are a number of eco-friendly cryptocurrencies, some of which are predicted to have a rather bright future.

Bitcoin Mining

To understand the environmental concern associated with cryptocurrencies, it is imperative that we explore Bitcoin mining. Essentially, cryptocurrencies are digital currencies (tokens) that run on blockchain technology.

Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are produced through mining. The mining activity consumes a lot of electricity and requires highly powerful computers. In addition, the process uses energy from non-renewable sources such as coal which produces harmful emissions.

Bitcoin’s mining process uses a Proof of Work (POw) mechanism to verify transactions and secure the whole blockchain technology.  Proof of work blockchain means expending effort to solve a mathematical puzzle and prevent anyone from cheating the system. The production process becomes even more intense and complex as more Bitcoins are mined.

According to the University of Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity consumption index, Bitcoin mining consumes 100 Terawatt Hours annually. The energy consumption increases as the value of Bitcoin rises. Without a doubt, the mining process has a negative impact on the environment. This has necessitated the innovation of eco-friendly cryptocurrencies. A new report from European Business Review has showed that more eco-friendly cryptocurrencies are being developed and gaining popularity.

Environmentally Friendly Cryptocurrency Options

The globe is moving towards a green environment, and so should the cryptocurrency industry. The good news is the market is already endowed with eco-friendly options. Many digital currencies use renewable energy sources such as solar energy. Now let’s get to the crux of the matter. Here are six eco-friendly cryptocurrency options. 

1. Cardano (ADA)

Cardano is the third-largest cryptocurrency, making it a leading eco-friendly crypto. It is more scalable and environmentally sustainable than Bitcoin and Ethereum – the two largest cryptocurrencies in market cap. ADA production is based on peer-reviewed research and evidence-based methods.

The cryptocurrency uses the Proof of Stake (POS) algorithm for mining, which considers the amount of stake the miner holds. This method uses as little as 0.01% of the energy used by the Bitcoin network, which is based on POW.

Besides being used as a digital currency, the Cardano platform can be used to develop decentralized apps through digital contracts. It is also highly secured against theft and cyber-attacks. According to the ADA founder, Charles Hoskinson, the cryptocurrency only uses 6 Gigawatt hours, according to the founder. 

2. IOTA

IOTA production does not require miners. Participants only come in for transaction verification. In addition, the crypto currency operates in low-tech devices that consume minimal energy. The cryptocurrency uses Fast Probabilistic Consensus to reduce energy consumption hence boosting energy sustainability. Each Iota transaction consumes a millionth of Kilowatt-hour, far less than established financial payment systems like MasterCard and VISA. There are plans to upgrade the transaction size to 1.7 bytes which could further reduce energy consumption significantly. Chrysalis upgrade would reduce the energy consumption by up to 95% to millions of kWh per transaction. 

3. Chia 

Unlike Bitcoin mining, Chia production happens through farming. Essentially, it utilizes unused disk spaces on desktops and laptops. However, there is still work to be done in making the cryptocurrency fully environmentally friendly. Chia is associated with a shortage of hard drives, and electronic waste as the drivers become more defective more easily.

4. Bit Green

BitGreen is a community-driven virtual coin founded in 2017 to address gargantuan amounts of energy consumption by unsustainable digital currencies. It is based on a proof of stake algorithm using deterministic and Segwit proprietary Masternodes which use low energy. 

Essentially, the coin gives incentives when people take eco-friendly actions such as purchasing sustainable coffee and carpooling. Users also earn the Bit green currency when they volunteer in eco-friendly organizations. Additionally, you can earn a BITG by building Masternode or staking in a desktop wallet.

The company has established a non-profit foundation to manage the BitGreen project management. Here is an interesting thing. You can buy goods and services with the virtual coin on Bit Green partners or trade on crypto exchanges such as Crex24, Mercatox, and ProBitExchange.

5. Nano

The Nano model of dealing with environmental sustainability is twofold. First, it doesn’t require mining, printing, and minting, like other cryptos. The digital token platform uses an Open representative voting (ORV) system to vote for representatives who confirm blockchain transactions on behalf of other users. The sender and receiver get the job done.

Secondly, it uses energy-efficient block latte technology instead of blockchain digital architecture. Therefore, the production process doesn’t involve linear blockchain, which leads to competition and delays. The currency also boasts lightweight and scalability features.

6. Solar Coin 

The Solar Coin is quite a unique coin. Unlike usual crypto mining methods, it uses solar energy.  Every megawatt generated from the solar panel creates one solar coin. Therefore, crypto goes a notch higher to promote the use of non-renewable energy through installation and investment in solar energy.

The Future of Cryptocurrencies is Green 

The cryptocurrency industry is growing with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. While top cryptocurrencies contribute to the carbon footprint, the future is beaming with hope. Developers are introducing eco-friendly crypto in the industry every single day.

Digital currencies like Ethereum are set for major updates that involve a shift from proof of work to proof stake mining method. While the process will take quite some time, it is a step in the right direction.

Also, the Crypto Climate Accord will play a vital role in enhancing environmental sustainability. Essentially, the initiative brings together players in the blockchain and crypto industry with an aim of decarbonization by developing digital green solutions. The accord has the backing of 45 companies that are playing a critical role in achieving zero net emissions. With such great beginnings, there is no doubt the effort will culminate in a greener environment.

Wind turbine giant Siemens Gamesa claims world-first in blade recycling

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy said Tuesday it had launched a recyclable wind turbine blade, a move which represents the latest example of how the industry is attempting to find ways to re-use materials.

In a statement, the Spanish-German engineering group claimed its RecyclableBlades were “the world’s first recyclable wind turbine blades ready for commercial use offshore.”

Siemens Gamesa said it would work with German utility RWE to install and pilot the blades at the Kaskasi offshore wind farm in the German North Sea, which is expected to commence commercial operations in 2022.

The firm – whose major shareholder is Siemens Energy – said it was also working with EDF Renewables on the goal of deploying “several sets” of the blades “at a future offshore wind farm.”

A similar collaboration is taking place with wpd, a German-headquartered company which develops and operates wind farms.

The issue of what to do with wind turbine blades when they’re no longer needed is a headache for the industry. This is because the composite materials blades are made from can prove to be difficult to recycle, which means that many end up as landfill when their service life ends.

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As governments around the world attempt to ramp up their renewable energy capacity, the number of wind turbines worldwide only looks set to grow, which will in turn increase pressure on the sector to find sustainable solutions to the disposal of blades.

According to Siemens Gamesa, its recyclable blades use a new type of resin which “makes it possible to efficiently separate the resin from the other components at end of the blade’s working life.”

The business said this process, which it described as “mild,” protected “the properties of the materials in the blade, in contrast to other existing ways of recycling conventional wind turbine blades. The materials can then be reused in new applications after separation.”

Over the last few years a number of major players in wind energy have announced plans to try to tackle the problem of what to do with wind turbine blades.

In June, Denmark’s Orsted said it would “reuse, recycle, or recover” all turbine blades in its worldwide portfolio of wind farms once they’re decommissioned.

The same month saw General Electric’s renewables unit and cement manufacturer Holcim strike a deal to explore the recycling of wind turbine blades.

Back in April, it was announced that a collaboration between academia and industry would focus on the recycling of glass fiber products, a move that could eventually help to reduce the waste produced by wind turbine blades.

Last December, GE Renewable Energy and Veolia North America signed a “multi-year agreement” to recycle blades removed from onshore wind turbines in the United States.

And in January 2020 another wind energy giant, Vestas, said it was aiming to produce “zero-waste” turbines by the year 2040.

"Green economic corridor" contributes to Pakistan’s sustainable development – Xinhua

by Misbah Saba Malik

ISLAMABAD, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) — The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has been in an effort to tackle Pakistan’s energy woes and offer basic infrastructure for development.

The distinctive feature of CPEC’s projects, particularly the power plants, is that they are eco-friendly and do not pose much harm to the atmosphere during the construction and operational phase.

The Chinese companies have been using smart ways to control emissions and waste.

Located in the heart of Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province, Sahiwal Power Plant is one such example of eco-friendly power generation unit with its capacity to generate 1,320 MW electricity.

Sprawling over hundreds of acres of land, it was the first power plant to introduce supercritical technology for electricity generation in the country. The latest technology and use of bituminous coal, having low mercury and sulfur content and high calorific value, enabled the power plant to control its emission well below the world and the Pakistani standards.

Speaking with Xinhua, Zohaib Hassan, environment engineer at the power plant, said that apart from all the latest technology for eco-friendly running, the power plant management makes sure to reduce and recycle sewage as much as possible, and has planted over 80,000 trees in the compound.

Apart from using the latest technology in coal-fired power plants in Punjab and Balochistan provinces, the Chinese companies are providing renewable energies including solar and hydel to meet the country’s demand.

Talking to Xinhua, Hammad Azhar, the country’s energy minister, said that Pakistan wants to achieve the “target of 30 percent renewable energy in the national grid up till 2030, and the CPEC will play a vital role for it” due to its fair contribution in renewable energy projects including hydro, wind and solar power.

Pakistan is a vulnerable country to climate change. The country’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has set environment protection as one of the major goals of his government and in this regard, various measures including massive tree plantation, initiatives to launch renewable energy projects, and shifting vehicles to electric power are being taken.

Pakistani leaders believe that the commitment of Chinese and Pakistani leadership to make CPEC a green corridor will greatly benefit the country in its struggle for climate protection.

In a recent conversation with Xinhua, Khalid Mansoor, special advisor to the prime minister on CPEC affairs, said that trees will be planted along the CPEC route and “we want to make sure that as the industrial hub is going to be increased, it should not be detrimental for the people’s health and also make sure that it is not polluting the environment by producing emissions.”

Coal power plants working under CPEC in Pakistan promise that they would use state-of-the-art technology to meet world standards in emissions, removing the apprehensions that they are hazardous to the environment, said the official, adding that in Phase Two of the CPEC, industries will also follow the same example.

CPEC has enabled Pakistan to run clean transport in one of its most polluted cities of Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab. In October last year, the country’s first ever metro train service, the Orange Line, started the commercial operation, opening new vistas to clean transportation in the country.

The eco-friendly mass transit project is believed to be helpful in addressing the congestion problem of Lahore.

Speaking with Xinhua, Malik Amin Aslam, the country’s minister for climate change, said that the Chinese people had shown that they took protective measures to control climatic hazards by taking useful steps.

“The leadership of both Pakistan and China has a vision of making the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor a sustainable future for this whole region by making it a green corridor,” he said.

Pakistani experts and officials believe that CPEC through its various projects have shown that it not only gave an economic boost and industrial support to the country but is also setting the foundation of a greener Pakistan by providing green jobs and clean energy which is having a positive impact on the health of hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis. Enditem

Biofuels – Neste to Acquire US Based Agri Trading

“This agreement supports our renewables growth strategy and further strengthens our global renewable raw material sourcing as well as our footprint in the United States. Agri Trading complements our previous acquisition of Mahoney Environmental in the United States with its wide trading network of renewable raw materials compounded with efficient logistics. I am happy to welcome Agri Trading to be part of Neste’s journey in creating a healthier planet for our children,” says Neste’s President and CEO Peter Vanacker.

“Combating climate change is an urgent priority for the United States, and renewable products are a much needed part of the solution because they enable climate action now,” says Jeremy Baines, President, Neste US, Inc. “With this transaction, I am proud to say that Neste is collecting and turning even more locally sourced feedstock into renewable products to power America’s transport system, keeping new greenhouse emissions out of the atmosphere and cutting pollution.”

Neste refines waste, residues and innovative raw materials into renewable fuels and sustainable feedstock for plastics and other materials. This is possible thanks to its proprietary NEXBTL technology – a unique platform that allows the company to turn a wide variety of renewable waste and residues and oils into premium fuels and other products. 

Agri Trading is based in Minnesota and was established in 1977. It has become an industry leader in trading animal fat waste, used cooking oil, technical corn oil, and other vegetable oils throughout the lower 48 States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. The company manages all aspects of transportation, logistics, transloading, and export services, providing on-time pick-up and delivery.

The transaction supports Neste in its efforts to build a solid, resilient and flexible global waste and residue raw material platform that can keep pace with the customer’s growing demand for renewable products. Together with previously announced acquisitions of IH Demeter, Bunge Loders Croklaan and Count Terminal in the Netherlands, and Mahoney Environmental in the United States, Agri Trading will also enhance Neste’s competitiveness in the global waste and residue raw material market.

Enel North America And Kraft Sports + Entertainment Welcome Fans Back To A More Sustainable Sporting Experience At Gillette Stadium

“Kraft Sport Sports + Entertainment has made increased sustainability a top priority since the creation of Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place, and it remains one today,” said Murray Kohl, Vice President of Sales for Kraft Sports + Entertainment. “We’re excited to expand our partnership with Enel as we look to further these efforts through renewable energy credits and provide Patriot and Revolution fans with the most sustainable sporting and entertainment experience possible.” 

Since 2017, Enel has helped Kraft Sports + Entertainment execute on its sustainable energy strategy. Through Enel’s advanced energy services business Enel X, the company is providing the Kraft Group with an integrated energy strategy to reduce the overall energy consumption at Gillette Stadium, while maximizing opportunities for energy cost savings and revenue generation, and supporting the reliability of the local electric grid during periods of peak demand. As part of this strategy, Gillette Stadium is enrolled in Enel X’s demand response program in Massachusetts, helping to meet the grid’s needs during peak demand periods, such as the recent heat waves that the region experienced, while providing the stadium with payments for powering down non-essential areas when needed.

Additionally, in 2019 Enel X also installed and began operating 50 of its JuiceBox Pro electric vehicle smart charging stations throughout Patriot Place; further supporting Kraft Sports + Entertainment’s goal to make Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place a more eco-friendly environment for both guests and workers alike. The JuiceBox Pro smart charging station, powered by JuiceNet software, provides visitors to Patriot Place with access to a grid-connected smart charging solution free of charge. The JuiceNet platform monitors historical charging patterns, acquires real-time input and signals from the electric grid to aggregate and manage charging station demand, allowing Kraft Sports + Entertainment to support the local utility’s peak electricity demand management by charging vehicles at times when electricity costs are lower and renewable energy is most available. 

The Kraft Group is focused on implementing sustainability in all of its businesses on a daily basis. In its sports and entertainment operations, the Kraft Group aims to minimize the environmental impact of Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place, as evidenced throughout its conception, construction and day-to-day operation, all focused on long-term sustainability, energy efficiency and ecosystem management. Working with Enel, the Kraft Group will further its sustainable practices through renewable energy commitments and advanced energy solutions.

Massachusetts is home to the North American headquarters of Enel North America with offices in Boston’s Seaport district and Andover. This partnership with the Kraft Group is the latest demonstration of Enel’s increased commitment to the local clean energy economy and enabling the New England business community to achieve their sustainability and decarbonization goals. Over the last year, Enel has announced a number of new partnerships with Massachusetts businesses including Wellington Management, HP Hood, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, the University of Massachusetts Boston, Martha’s Vineyard Transit Authority, Biogen Inc. and Merchants Fleet.

About Enel North America
Enel North America is part of the Enel Group, a multinational power company and a leading integrated player in the global power, gas and renewables markets present in over 30 countries worldwide, producing energy with more than 89 GW of installed capacity. The Group brings energy to around 70 million homes and businesses and has the largest global customer base. Enel’s renewables arm Enel Green Power is the world’s largest renewable private player, with around 50 GW of wind, solar, geothermal, and hydropower plants installed globally. Enel is a recognized leader in sustainable energy and is consistently named one of Fortune Magazine’s “Companies that are Changing the World.”

Enel North America operates in the US and Canada through three companies: Enel Green Power North America, Enel X North America and Enel Energy and Commodity Management. Enel Green Power North America is a leading owner and operator of renewable energy plants with a presence in 15 US states and one Canadian province. The company operates 60 plants with a managed capacity of over 6.7 GW powered by wind, geothermal and solar energy making it the fifth largest owner and operator of renewable energy in the US. Enel X in North America has around 4,500 business customers, spanning more than 35,000 sites, representing approximately $10.5B in energy spend under management, approximately 4.7 GW of demand response capacity and over 70 battery storage projects that are operational and under contract. Enel X is revolutionizing the EV charging market with its smart charging solutions deploying over 70,000 charging stations in the US. Enel Energy and Commodity Management maximizes the integrated energy margin, supporting all lines of business in the region, through the optimization and dispatching of the generation fleet in the US and Canada and the trading of related energy, services and commodities.

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About Kraft Sports + Entertainment:
Kraft Sports + Entertainment, the Kraft Group’s sports, entertainment and event management division, is comprised of Gillette Stadium, the New England Patriots, New England Revolution, Boston Uprising, Kraft Analytics Group (KAGR) and Patriot Place. The Kraft Group has been promoting and delivering world-class events to New England for more than a quarter century. From the biggest names in musical entertainment to international soccer matches, the 2016 NHL Winter Classic, NCAA athletics and motor sports, the Kraft Group annually hosts a diverse variety of sporting and entertainment events.

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