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A round-up of business news, including Facebook, McDonald's and Renewable Energy Systems.
Facebook has announced plans to build what is says will be one of the world’s most advanced, efficient and sustainable data storage facilities in Ireland. All the racks, servers and other components have been designed and built from scratch as part of the Open Compute Project, an industry-wide coalition of companies dedicated to creating energy- and cost-efficient infrastructure solutions and sharing them as open source. The site, at Clonee in County Meath, will be powered by 100% renewable energy.
French company Sagemcom is to test BT’s Better Future Supplier Forum’s sustainability assessor tool with the aim of rolling it out to other suppliers. The tool is a seven-step process that asks the supplier a series of simple questions about the company’s sustainability measures. The answers are assessed and a comparison made with previously identified best practice case studies. It also provides recommendations on how the supplier can improve its business practices. Sagemcom makes the BT Homehub.
McDonald’s is trialling a scheme that enables its paper cups to be recycled and returned to the supply chain. The fast-food chain is working with British papermaker James Cropper on the pilot. Used cups from 150 McDonald’s outlets will be collected by Simply Cups, the UK’s only paper cup recovery and recycling scheme, and sent for reprocessing at James Cropper’s reclaimed fibre plant in Kendal, Cumbria. Paper cups constitute about 30% of McDonald’s packaging waste. If the pilot is successful the company will roll out the scheme to its 1,250 UK outlets.
Renewable Energy Systems (RES) is to build its first UK battery energy storage system in Somerset. The Hertfordshire-based company, which has pioneered energy storage in the US and Canada, has signed contract with Western Power Distribution (WPD). The 300kVA/640kWh storage system will be installed alongside a 1.5MW solar park near Glastonbury and connect to WPD’s south west network. The project will investigate the technical and commercial feasibility of battery energy storage combined within distributed generation installations in the UK.
The Green Homes Grant is set to deliver only a fraction of the jobs and improvements intended, leading to calls for more involvement from local authorities in future schemes.
COVID-19 recovery packages have largely focused on protecting, rather than transforming, existing industries, and have been a “lost opportunity” for speeding up the global energy transition.
None of England’s water and sewerage companies achieved all environmental expectations for the period 2015 to 2020, the Environment Agency has revealed. These targets included the reduction of total pollution incidents by at least one-third compared with 2012, and for incident self-reporting to be at least 75%.
The UK’s pipeline for renewable energy projects could mitigate 90% of job losses caused by COVID-19 and help deliver the government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda. That is according to a recent report from consultancy EY-Parthenon, which outlines how the UK’s £108bn “visible pipeline” of investible renewable energy projects could create 625,000 jobs.
Billions of people worldwide have been unable to access safe drinking water and sanitation in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a progress report from the World Health Organisation focusing on the UN’s sixth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 6) – to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030”.
The UK will no longer use unabated coal to generate electricity from October 2024, one year earlier than originally planned, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has announced.
The UK government is not on track to deliver on its promise to improve the environment within a generation and is failing to stem the tide of biodiversity loss, a damning new report from MPs has revealed.