Jun 11, 2018

The Etihad Eco-Residence in Masdar City wins green award

Middle East
Energy Efficiency
Sustainability
Sophie Chapman
2 min
The Etihad Eco-Residence has won an award at the Green Building Council Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Green Building...

The Etihad Eco-Residence has won an award at the Green Building Council Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Green Building Awards 2018.

The complex, located in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, won the Green Residential Building award.

The residence has been ranked Platinum-certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building rating system – a worldwide system for rating green buildings.

The Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities also rated the complex 3 Pearls under its Estidama Pearl Building Rating System.

The award was excepted by Multiplex Construction LLC, the developer of the residence.

The Etihad Eco-Residence was designed by project partners Woods Bagot and Brewer Smith Brewer Group (BSBG).

“The addition of the Etihad Eco-Residence to Masdar City further enhances the city’s reputation as a leader in sustainable urban development while also raising awareness of the distinct commercial benefits of environmentally responsible building construction,” commented Yousef Baselaib, Masdar’s Executive Director of Sustainable Real Estate.

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“Masdar would like to congratulate all our partners on the success of the project, a deserving winner of the title of Green Residential Building 2018.”

The residence an airtight building with high-levels of insulation, low window-to-wall ratios, solar thermal water heaters, and solar-reflective index coatings that reflect light from the building.

Through these features, the building saves around 63% on energy consumption, compared to the Estidama PBRS baseline.

“The focus of the Etihad Eco-Residence’s design has been to create a highly sustainable building which exemplifies the overall development of Masdar City,” remarked Principle and Studio Char of Woods Bagot, Richard Fenne.

“The development sets a new benchmark for efficient and commercially viable accommodation, responding directly to the pressing market needs in the region.”

“A rigorous design approach, prioritising the use of passive design strategies, limited the number of unit types and facilitated the use of pioneering modular construction which has improved build quality and construction timeframes.”

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Jun 7, 2021

Trafigura and Yara International explore clean ammonia usage

Shipping
fuel
Decarbonisation
ammonia
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Commodity trading company Trafigura and Yara International sign MoU to explore developing ammonia as a clean fuel in shipping

Independent commodity trading company Trafigura and Yara International have signed an MoU to explore developing ammonia as a clean fuel in shipping and ammonia fuel infrastructure.

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.

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