Sky reaches sustainability target three years earlier than expected
The Sky Bigger Picture report reveals that the broadcasting company has hit its planned sustainability changes for 2020 already.
The UK-based company has successfully reduced emissions per employee by 30% since a 2008/2009 baseline.
Throughout 2017, Sky has achieved zero-waste-to-landfill as well as managing to recycle all food waste – increasing the overall recycling rate from 5% to 78%.
For two consecutive years, water consumptions levels have remained below 8sqm per full time employee.
The company has also reduced its carbo intensity across the UK and Ireland by 47% since 2008, which is only 3% short of the 2020 target. It is exactly halfway to reaching its aim of fleet fuel efficiency.
“All of this is built from our desire to make a difference,” Sky group chief executive Jeremy Darroch said.
“It’s good for our customers, our people, and for our business. That’s why we’re guided by clear values, and a clear point of view, leading to meaningful initiatives that make a positive impact for today and the next generation.”
Sky has also raised over £9mn (US$11.8mn) for rainforest preservation, and has launched its campaign to save oceans from single-use plastics.
However, the company’s energy efficiency dropped by 4% last year. Sky claim this is mainly due to fire caused by a system fault.
The amount of power generated from Sky-owned renewable energy sources has also decreased. Sky aims to supply 20% of its power from renewable sources, but so far is only hitting 6%.
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.