Electric vehicle capital of the world is Barcelona
With the cleanest bus fleet in Europe, Barcelona ranks seventh in the world of cities pioneering electric mobility; the city has been chosen by the Electric Vehicle Symposium organizers to host the 27th edition of the Symposium, from Nov. 18-20
In recent years the Catalan capital has turned itself into a global benchmark for sustainable mobility, driven by sound initiatives to improve sustainability and its inhabitants' quality of life. That is what the International Energy Agency's latest report (EV City Casebook 2012) says, which has Barcelona in seventh place in the world ranking of cities that promote the development of electric mobility solutions.
This city has the cleanest bus fleet in Europe and over 300 electric vehicles in the public fleets on its municipal routes. It also has one of the largest numbers of electric motorbikes in Europe thanks to rental and sharing initiatives and it has over 260 charging points.
Furthermore, car manufacturers such as Nissan have chosen Barcelona as a production base for their latest electric models. The Japanese manufacturer has centralised global production of its new 100% electric van, the e-NV200 here in this city. It will be the model for the city's clean e-taxi and will also be used in New York.
Prior to this major meeting, Barcelona will welcome, on 16 and 17 November, the 3rd edition of EXPOelèctric Fórmula-e, the largest electric vehicle trials in Southern Europe aimed at both the professional sector and the public. Its most visible activity is the EV Large Scale Demonstration, a demonstration that is ground-breaking in Europe of what a 100% electric city would be like, with noise, air quality and heat emission comparisons.
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.