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the environmentalist gives a round up of environment management news from companies including Ecotricity, Heineken and Kingspan Insulation.
Energy company Ecotricity and construction business Skanska have launched a joint venture to build onshore wind farms in Britain. The partnership, called Skylark, will aim to put 350MW of new energy projects into the planning system in the first five years, representing a potential investment of £500 million should the projects all receive consent.
The world’s largest cruise business, Carnival, has announced that by the end of the year it will have saved more than 4.5 billion litres and reduced carbon emissions by 12 billion kilogrammes since 2007, when the firm introduced its fleet fuel conservation programme. The initiative combines energy-saving initiatives onboard existing ships with the launch of more energy-efficient vessels. Carnival says fuel efficiency has improved by 24% since 2007, saving it around $2.5 billion in fuel costs.
Kingspan Insulation has unveiled the UK’s largest rooftop solar renovation project at its manufacturing plant in Selby. Photovoltaic (PV) panels cover more than 15,000 m2 of the roof space and the array is expected to generate 2.14 GWh of electricity a year. The system was installed as part of a wider programme of energy-efficiency measures to make Kingspan Insulation a net zero-energy business by 2020. Other measures include a new energy-efficient roof and an LED lighting upgrade, which, together with the PV array, will save 79.2GWh at the site over 25 years.
Heineken has installed 4,000 solar PV panels on the roof of the John Smith brewery in Tadcaster. The panels can generate more than 876MWh a year, which is equivalent to about 5% of the brewery’s total annual electricity consumption. The array was designed and installed by specialists SolarAccess.
The Ford Motor Company is to install LED lighting at its manufacturing plants around the world. Some 25,000 new LED fixtures will replace traditional high-intensity discharge and fluorescent lights, and are expected to reduce Ford’s energy use at the sites by 56 million kWh each year, and reduce annual energy costs by $7 million. Installation of the LEDs will cost about £25 million.
Demand for fossil fuels will peak by 2025 if all national net-zero pledges are implemented in full and on time, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has forecast.
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.
Half of the world's 40 largest listed oil and gas companies will have to slash their production by at least 50% by the 2030s to align with the goals of the Paris Agreement, new analysis has found.
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”.