Schneider Electric to help train underprivileged youths in energy industries
Global energy management and automation specialist, Schneider Electric, has signed a partnership with the General Council of the Salesian Congregation to train underprivileged youths in the field of energy. The deal represents a 2 million euro investment, and will fund five renewable energy and sustainable development projects selected from proposals made by numerous Salesian technical and professional schools worldwide.
Cooperation between the two organisations began 15 years ago. Don Luigi Enrico Peretti, Director-General of CNOS-FAP, said: “Our collaboration with Schneider Electric is very solid because it is based on the same principles and vision of humanity. We share a view of development that promotes improvements in young people’s personal and social lives before focusing on technology and structures. This mirrors the spirit of Don Bosco, the father of a form of spirituality rooted in education and work, while enabling human and social sustainable development.”
“Training technicians and entrepreneurs in the electrical and energy fields is a major priority for sustainable development in several emerging regions,” added Gilles Vermot Desroches, Sustainability SVP at Schneider Electric. “Schneider Electric is proud to work alongside the Salesians for skills development and access to employment through this training program for local trainers and students from underprivileged backgrounds. This new partnership will be key to helping us reach our objective of training 1 million people by 2025.”
As a first step, five projects have been identified in India, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mozambique, Haiti and Southern Italy. The aim is to help provide young unprivileged people with opportunities while promoting a sustainable way of life:
- In Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Ngagi Professional Training Center’s project will provide theoretical and practical training to students from poor families. In addition, solar panels will be installed in the training center to generate electricity and improve working conditions.
- In Pinguli, Kudal in India, electrical lab tools will be upgraded at the local vocational center.
- In Haiti, training will be set up for teachers, new laboratory and student equipment will be purchased, and a new electricity generation system will be created.
- The same applies in Maputo, Mozambique, where the student and teacher training program will be updated in the field of energy.
- Finally, in Sicily, innovation 4.0 classes will be launched in electricity, electronics and renewable energies.
Trafigura and Yara International explore clean ammonia usage
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.