T-Mobile joins the Climate Group’s RE100
The telecommunication company and subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile, has announced its joining of the RE100 initiative.
RE100 was launched by the Climate Group to instigate companies to pledge to reduce their carbon footprints and climate damage.
All members of the group have committed to aiming to source 100% of their energy from renewables.
T- Mobile announced their pledge on 29 January, committing to 100% renewable energy by 2021.
The company claims that it will save approximately $1000mn in energy costs if it succeeds in its goal.
“It’s the Un-carrier way to do the right thing by our customers, and moving to renewable energy is just a natural part of that,” commented John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile.
“And it’s not just the right thing to do – it’s smart business!
“We expect to cut T-Mobile’s energy costs by around $100m in the next 15 years thanks to this move. Imagine the awesome things we can do for our customers with that!”
The firm has made a deal with Infinity Renewables to source 160MW of power from its Solomon Forks Wind Project, located in Kansas, from 2019.
The company is also contracted to receive 160MW from the Red Forks Wind Project in Oklahoma, and the two projects combined cover about 60% of T-Mobile’s energy needs.
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.