How to save energy and reduce pollution for Clean Air Month
May is Clean Air Month, and companies all over the world – energy and otherwise – are urging people to be more air aware.
Georgia’s Clean Air Force is the state’s Enhanced Vehicle Emission Inspection and Maintenance Program, in conjunction with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, and was created in response to the Clean Air Act. GCAF is helping to achieve the standards set by the United States EPA by testing around 2.5 million vehicles a year for air pollution; by doing this, it prevents huge volumes of pollution from entering the atmosphere.
As part of its fight against vehicle emissions, GCAF has released five top tips on how to not only reduce pollution, but save energy and improve performance.
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.