Facebook aims for 100% renewable energy by end of 2020
Social media giant Facebook has announced its commitment to 100% renewable energy. By 2020, the company aims to be powered solely by wind and solar energy.
With the goal of cutting greenhouse emissions, especially from its data centres, the tech company has already surpassed its 2018 goal. Facebook aimed to support 50% of its facilities from renewable resources by the end of 2018 but by 2017 it had already reached 51%.
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Facebook says that by continuing to improve on this, it can cut greenhouse gas emissions down to 25% of current figures.
In a company blog post, Facebook stated: “In a record-breaking year of corporate renewable energy purchases, Facebook is on track to be one of the largest corporate purchasers of renewable energy.”
Indeed, over the past 12 months, the business has signed contracts for a total of 2.5GW of wind and solar energy.
Facebook has also highlighted the local impact of its renewable energy program, with projects bringing employment, investment and a healthier environment to the communities it bases itself within.
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.