The Energy Globe World Award 2017
The Energy Globe World Award 2017 winners were announced on 16 January at the presidential palace in Tehran.
The ceremony hosted guests from 60 different countries, with the minister of the Iranian Government announcing the winners.
The awards received applications from 2,000 projects spanning across 178 countries.
The jury, which was led by Maneka Gandhi – environmentalist and Indian Union Cabinet Minister for Women and Child Development – determined the 16 finalised and awarded the five best.
The five awards were categorised into Earth, Fire, Water, Air, and Youth.
The Earth award was given to the Rural Green Environment Organisation, based in Afghanistan, for its work with degraded watersheds and establishing fruit orchards in one of the most remote and deprived mountainous valleys.
The category of Fire was won by the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences from India, which had discovered ways to reduce the carbon footprint of large scale cooking.
Two projects won the Water category – Puritas Limited from Sri Lanka, and Kerman Copper Region from the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Puritas Limited provided clean drinking water to people suffering from chronic kidney disease through a reverse osmosis water purification system.
Kerman Copper region shared the award due to its success of integrating water to the Sarchechmen mine.
The Austrian Post won the Air award for reducing its ecological footprint by implementing the use of electric vehicles.
The Youth award was granted to New Zealand-based Sustainable Coastlines Charitable Trust for its flagship education centre which teaches pupils, community groups, and businesses on environmental protection.
Trees Adoption from Uganda won the overall Energy Globe Award for its Tress4School project, which implements climate change mitigation and financially support young people’s education.
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.