Poland’s PGNiG signs first mid-term deal with US for LNG
The large Polish gas firm, PGNiG, has signed its first mid-term deal with an American company for liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Centrica LNG Co. Ltd will be delivering nine LNG shipments to Poland between 2018 and 2022, according to Reuters.
The shipments will depart from the Sabine Pass LNG export terminal in the state of Louisiana, and will arrive at Swinoujscie on the Baltic Sea.
PGNiG is conforming to Poland’s wider plan to not be as reliant on Russia, regarding importing supplies.
“This is most likely the first contract in a series. In one year and a half we want to build a portfolio of such contracts. It could be with the U.S., it could be from other directions,” Maciej Wozniak, Deputy Head of PGNiG Deputy Head.
The US sent its first LNG supply to PGNiG on the spot market in June this year, however following President Trump’s visit to Warsaw the following month, a deal was made for regular distribution.
PGNiG have solely been dealing with Qatargas for LNG, who agreed to double shipments to 2mn tonnes per year until 2034.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.