Aug 7, 2017

Sprint’s Tello partners up with UCapture to reduce carbon footprint

Jonathan Dyble
2 min
Sprint’s mobile network operator Tello has teamed up with environmental tech startup UCapture to push forward its sustainability agenda.

Sprint’s mobile network operator Tello has teamed up with environmental tech startup UCapture to push forward its sustainability agenda.

Consumer contracts that are commenced through UCapture will see Tello contribute their customers’ entire first monthly payment towards environmental projects, with UCapture’s core philosophy aimed at helping corporations become carbon neutral.

Recent UCapture projects include a landfill gas to energy facility and the purchase of tracts to prevent deforestation in California.

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Founder of UCapture, Avery Michaelson, has conveyed his own excitement at the partnership. “With their high power-consumption and usage, cell phones have a meaningful carbon footprint. I’m pleased our partnership with Tello enables many of our users to make their phones carbon neutral.”

The collaboration is the latest push in the way of sustainable business practices and corporate responsibility, with Sprint itself following a similar policy to Tello and UCapture through its Good Works programme.

With the motto of “people, product, planet,” the Good Works programme is focused on its 1Million Project, the largest corporative initiative aimed at closing the “Homework Gap” by bringing 1mn low income students access to the internet at home.  

Look out for an exclusive in-depth interview with Sprint’s Chief Procurement Officer Mariano Legaz in September’s Supply Chain Digital magazine.

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Apr 23, 2021

Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition

Dominic Ellis
2 min
Drax is advancing biomass following Pinnacle acquisition it reported in a trading update

Drax' recently completed acquisition of Pinnacle more than doubles its sustainable biomass production capacity and significantly reduces its cost of production, it reported in a trading update.

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).

Drax CEO Will Gardiner said its Q1 performance had been "robust", supported by the sale of Drax Generation Enterprise, which holds four CCGT power stations, to VPI Generation.

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.

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