Volvo Ocean Race acts as platform for UN’s ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’ campaign
The 2017/18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race has teamed up with the United Nations (UN) to strengthen the message of its global ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’ initiative.
One boat taking part, led by UK national Dee Caffari, is representing the campaign in the hope of drawing attention to the growing levels of plastic waste in the world’s oceans.
Caffari’s name is a significant platform for the initiative, with her being the only woman to have solo sailed around the world three times non-stop.
With marine litter harming over 600 marine species, and with 51trn microplastic particles already in our oceans, the ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’ team, alongside its other competitors, will travel 45,000 miles across four oceans, six continents and 12 host cities with the hope of spreading awareness of the growing problem.
“I’m absolutely delighted to get the opportunity to sail for a cause I am so passionate about,” Caffari said.
“The Volvo Ocean Race is the ultimate test of a team in sport, and with the ambition to race with a youth-orientated international mixed crew, we are looking to make an impact on and off the water.”
The Mirpuri Foundation and Ocean Family Foundation have agreed to fund the team, with both organisations aimed at campaigning for ocean health and sustainability.
The competition will kick off on 14 October and won’t conclude until the summer of 2018.
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.