Feb 22, 2018

The Environment Agency encouraging businesses in UAE to reduce plastics and packaging

Middle East
Climate Change
Sophie Chapman
2 min
Team Zayed to travel to Antarctica to create awareness and see effects of global warming
The Zayed Team at the UAE’s Environment Agency, based in Abu Dhabi, are encouraging businesses to reduce their consumption of single-u...

The Zayed Team at the UAE’s Environment Agency, based in Abu Dhabi, are encouraging businesses to reduce their consumption of single-use plastics.

The agency is urging for companies to commit to reducing plastic pollution ahead of its visit to Antarctica.

Team Zayed is travelling as part of the ClimateForce Challenge, with has gathered teams from more than 20 countries to raise awareness of the damaging effects of climate change.

The group will also contribute in the Leadership on the Edge Programme – hosted by Sir Robert Swan, the first person to walk to the North and South Pole.


The Environment Agency has received commitments from several firms, as well as signatures on its pledge board.

“It’s a soft commitment from people to start thinking about whether using something once and throwing it away is how we should be behaving as a society,” remarked Winston Cowie, member of Team Zayed, and Section Manager for Marine Policy-Regulations and Planning in the Terrestrial & Marine Biodiversity.

“Your word is your bond. We are challenging people and businesses to live the value of sustainability and act accordingly.”

“That is why we want people to take the first step and sign the boards, purchase their own re-useable cups and bags, and be energisers in their own families and communities to facilitate behavioural change.”

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Apr 23, 2021

Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition

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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