Apple supplier to be powered by renewables
Tech titan Apple announced yesterday that one of its major suppliers, flat glass manufacturer Lens Technology, will power all of its Apple operations using renewable energy.
The Chinese company — which produces touchscreens and other components for consumer electronics — is the first supplier to make a clean energy commitment for all of its Apple production. Lens manufactures its Apple components at two facilities in Changsha, Hunan province.
The clean energy commitment will be wholly accomplished through power purchase agreements with local Chinese wind energy producers.
“Our power purchase agreement is the first of its kind in southern China and we hope it will serve as an example for other companies looking to transition to cleaner, more economical sources of power,” said Lens CEO Zhou Qunfei.
“We’re pleased to be the first supplier to commit to covering all of our Apple production with renewable energy, and proud to source from local Hunan wind farms to power our facilities in Changsha.”
By using wind energy in its production facilities, Lens Technology will avoid emitting 450,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide each year — or the equivalent of the energy use in 380,000 Chinese homes.
Apple’s clean energy program will see the company partnering with Chinese suppliers to install more than 2GW of clean energy in the coming years. Its initiatives will prevent over 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution in the country before the end of the decade.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.