Go paperless this Valentine's Day
“Have a Dino-mite Valentine's Day” and “Ahoy Matey, be my Valentine” are some of the greeting cards usually left for the last minute dash to the greeting card aisle on Valentine’s Day.
What if you could avoid the last minute dash, find a sentiment that really means something and help make Valentine's Day a little greener this year? You're in luck.
This Valentine's Day, JustGreen offers the “Share the Love” campaign – for every bundle of three Valentine's Day e-cards sold, they will match each contribution and all proceeds will go towards helping to reduce air pollution (carbon emissions) from landfill gas sites in North America. Find the e-cards at .
Valentine's Day is a close second to Christmastime for the volume of greeting cards exchanged. In fact, Americans send close to 142 million Valentine's Day cards to that special someone every year. With the paper industry being the fourth largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions that means a lot of paper will end up in landfills, negatively impacting the environment.
“An e-card is an ideal way to send your sentiments to a loved one this Valentine's Day,” says Gerardo Manalac, Executive Vice President of JustGreen.”This is another proactive alternative so that we can help make our planet a cleaner and healthier place.”
The top five benefits of sending an e-card are:
- E-cards are paperless – no waste.
- Since an E-card does not involve transportation to a brick and mortar retail location, no CO2 emissions are generated as a result.
- Nothing is tossed into a landfill after the Valentine's Day sentiments are done.
- Arrives to the recipient instantly.
- If you're pressed for time, you can select your card quickly from wherever you are with online access.
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.