Jun 19, 2019

Emirates announces commitment to reducing single-use plastics on its flights

Sophie Chapman
1 min
The Dubai-based airline, Emirates, has announced its commitment to reducing the amount of single-use plastics used on its f...

The Dubai-based airline, Emirates, has announced its commitment to reducing the amount of single-use plastics used on its flights.

The company introduced eco-friendly paper straws to its operations on 1 June this year.

Following its work with various long-term sustainability initiatives, the company is finding alternatives to many of the single-use plastic items it offers during flights.

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In August the firm will provide a paper alternative to the plastic bags used for Inflight Retail purchases.

Through its initiatives, Emirates will save around 81.7mn items of single-use plastic from landfill per annum.

The firm is also looking into recycling initiatives, with trials being conducted on the flights.

Emirates is segregating around 3 tonnes of plastics from 150,000 bottles each month to be recycled rather than sent to landfill.

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Apr 23, 2021

Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition

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Biomass
Sustainability
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Dominic Ellis
2 min
Drax is advancing biomass following Pinnacle acquisition it reported in a trading update

Drax' recently completed acquisition of Pinnacle more than doubles its sustainable biomass production capacity and significantly reduces its cost of production, it reported in a trading update.

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).

Drax CEO Will Gardiner said its Q1 performance had been "robust", supported by the sale of Drax Generation Enterprise, which holds four CCGT power stations, to VPI Generation.

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.

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