Dell in collaborative initiative to combat ocean plastics
The computer technology company, Dell, has partnered with Lonely Whale, the positive impact company, on a collaborative initiative that will see less waste enter the ocean.
Dell announced the collaboration on 12 December, and by doing so has pledged to decrease the volume of plastic and nylon litter and waste it generates before it can enter the ocean.
“Collaboration is critical to addressing the issue of ocean plastic at scale,” stated Kevin Brown, Chief Supply Chain Officer at Dell.
“I’m thrilled to partner closely with leaders across industries to advance our collective interest in creating solutions that create value from waste.”
95% of the value of plastic packaging is lost from the economy, says the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, totally an annual loss between $80bn-$120bn.
The Foundation also argues that by 2050, the ocean will contain more plastic than fish, in regards to weight.
The NextWave initiative plans to develop a new supply chain model that can reduce the scale of ocean-bound plastic, with aims to divert 3mn pounds of plastic from the ocean.
The new supply chain model will also have social and economic benefits for companies that are involved.
The first set of companies involved in the initiative includes Trek Bicycle, Herman Miller, Bureo, Humanscale, General Motors, and Interface.
“The oceans are facing a plastic pandemic and it is critical for companies to take ownership of their supply chains and for consumers be aware of how their everyday choices can have a lasting legacy,” reported the UN’s Environment Executive Director, Erik Solheim.
“We welcome Dell and Lonely Whale for organizing this working group and spearheading what we hope will be a catalyst to innovation that can only be achieved by working together.”
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.