The Climate Group announce new additions to its RE100 campaign
The Climate Group, the non-profit organisation behind New York Climate Week, has announced four new additions to its RE100 campaign, a global collaborative initiative of influential businesses committed to using 100% renewable energy.
The company has announced the four new members as the Esteé Lauder Companies, Kellogg Company, Clif Bar & Company and DBS Bank Ltd., bringing the total number of companies involved to 106.
“As a global company and citizen, we at The Estée Lauder Companies strongly believe that we all play a part in the fight against global climate change,” said Nancy Mahon, Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability, Estée Lauder.
“By joining RE100, we are committing to sourcing 100% of our global electricity consumption from renewable energy technologies by 2020. We look forward to partnering with RE100 as we work together to protect our planet and ensure a healthier world for generations to come.
Having run since 2014, the initiative was launched in the aim of helping companies better understand the benefits of going 100% renewable, working together as a collective to both offer and receive guidance in recognising and acting upon their environmental corporate responsibility.
“As one of the first ten companies to have approved science-based greenhouse gas emissions targets in 2015, we’ve already invested in energy efficiency and low carbon technologies,” said Diane Hordof, Chief Sustainability Officer, Kellogg Company.
“Going 100% renewable is the obvious next step; lowering business risk, generating financial savings, and helping other companies make the switch as well.”
Further commitments to RE100 are expected during New York Climate Week, held between 18-24 September.
Trafigura and Yara International explore clean ammonia usage
Reducing shipping emissions is a vital component of the fight against global climate change, yet Greenhouse Gas emissions from the global maritime sector are increasing - and at odds with the IMO's strategy to cut absolute emissions by at least 50% by 2050.
How more than 70,000 ships can decrease their reliance on carbon-based sources is one of transport's most pressing decarbonisation challenges.
Yara and Trafigura intend to collaborate on initiatives that will establish themselves in the clean ammonia value chain. Under the MoU announced today, Trafigura and Yara intend to work together in the following areas:
- The supply of clean ammonia by Yara to Trafigura Group companies
- Exploration of joint R&D initiatives for clean ammonia application as a marine fuel
- Development of new clean ammonia assets including marine fuel infrastructure and market opportunities
Magnus Krogh Ankarstrand, President of Yara Clean Ammonia, said the agreement is a good example of cross-industry collaboration to develop and promote zero-emission fuel in the form of clean ammonia for the shipping industry. "Building clean ammonia value chains is critical to facilitate the transition to zero emission fuels by enabling the hydrogen economy – not least within trade and distribution where both Yara and Trafigura have leading capabilities. Demand and supply of clean ammonia need to be developed in tandem," he said.
There is a growing consensus that hydrogen-based fuels will ultimately be the shipping fuels of the future, but clear and comprehensive regulation is essential, according to Jose Maria Larocca, Executive Director and Co-Head of Oil Trading for Trafigura.
Ammonia has a number of properties that require "further investigation," according to Wartsila. "It ignites and burns poorly compared to other fuels and is toxic and corrosive, making safe handling and storage important. Burning ammonia could also lead to higher NOx emissions unless controlled either by aftertreatment or by optimising the combustion process," it notes.
Trafigura has co-sponsored the R&D of MAN Energy Solutions’ ammonia-fuelled engine for maritime vessels, has performed in-depth studies of transport fuels with reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and has published a white paper on the need for a global carbon levy for shipping fuels to be introduced by International Maritime Organization.
Oslo-based Yara produces roughly 8.5 million tonnes of ammonia annually and employs a fleet of 11 ammonia carriers, including 5 fully owned ships, and owns 18 marine ammonia terminals with 580 kt of storage capacity – enabling it to produce and deliver ammonia across the globe.
It recently established a new clean ammonia unit to capture growth opportunities in emission-free fuel for shipping and power, carbon-free fertilizer and ammonia for industrial applications.