Report by IRENA and ILO underscores the jobs potential of an ambitious climate strategy and calls for comprehensive policies in support of a just transition
Renewable energy employment worldwide reached 12 million last year, up from 11.5 million in 2019, according to the eighth edition of Renewable Energy and Jobs: Annual Review 2021. The report was released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) at a high-level opening of IRENA’s Collaborative Framework on Just and Inclusive Transitions, co-facilitated by the United States and South Africa.
The report confirms that COVID-19 caused delays and supply chain disruptions, with impacts on jobs varying by country and end use, and among segments of the value chain. While solar and wind jobs continued leading global employment growth in the renewable energy sector, accounting for a total of 4 million and 1.25 million jobs respectively, liquid biofuels employment decreased as demand for transport fuels fell. Off-grid solar lighting sales suffered, but companies were able to limit job losses.
China commanded a 39% share of renewable energy jobs worldwide in 2020, followed by Brazil, India, the United States, and members of the European Union. Many other countries are also creating jobs in renewables. Among them are Viet Nam and Malaysia, key solar PV exporters; Indonesia and Colombia, with large agricultural supply chains for biofuels; and Mexico and the Russian Federation, where wind power is growing. In Sub-Saharan Africa, solar jobs are expanding in diverse countries like Nigeria, Togo, and South Africa.
“Renewable energy’s ability to create jobs and meet climate goals is beyond doubt. With COP26 in front of us, governments must raise their ambition to reach net zero,” says Francesco La Camera, IRENA Director-General. “The only path forward is to increase investments in a just and inclusive transition, reaping the full socioeconomic benefits along the way.”
“The potential for renewable energy to generate decent work is a clear indication that we do not have to choose between environmental sustainability on the one hand, and employment creation on the other. The two can go hand-in-hand,” said ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder.
Recognising that women suffered more from the pandemic because they tend to work in sectors more vulnerable to economic shocks, the report highlights the importance of a just transition and decent jobs for all, ensuring that jobs pay a living wage, workplaces are safe, and rights at work are respected. A just transition requires a workforce that is diverse – with equal chances for women and men, and with career paths open to youth, minorities, and marginalised groups. International Labour Standards and collective bargaining arrangements are crucial in this context.
Fulfilling the renewable energy jobs potential will depend on ambitious policies to drive the energy transition in coming decades. In addition to deployment, enabling, and integrating policies for the sector itself, there is a need to overcome structural barriers in the wider economy and minimise potential misalignments between job losses and gains during the transition.
Indeed, IRENA and ILO’s work finds that more jobs will be gained by the energy transition than lost. An ILO global sustainability scenario to 2030 estimates that the 24-25 million new jobs will far surpass losses of between six and seven million jobs. Some five million of the workers who lose their jobs will be able to find new jobs in the same occupation in another industry. IRENA’s World Energy Transitions Outlook forecasts that the renewable energy sector could employ 43 million by 2050.
The disruption to cross-border supplies caused by COVID-19 restrictions has highlighted the important role of domestic value chains. Strengthening them will facilitate local job creation and income generation, by leveraging existing and new economic activities. IRENA’s work on leveraging local supply chains offers insights into the types of jobs needed to support the transition by technology, segment of the value chain, educational and occupational requirements.
This will require industrial policies to form viable supply chains; education and training strategies to create a skilled workforce; active labour market measures to provide adequate employment services; retraining and recertification together with social protection to assist workers and communities dependent on fossil fuels; and public investment strategies to support regional economic development and diversification.
Read the full report here.
About the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
IRENA is the lead intergovernmental agency for the global energy transformation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future and serves as the principal platform for international co-operation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy. With 166 Members (165 States and the European Union) and 18 additional countries in the accession process and actively engaged, IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.
With the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow less than two months away, the offshore wind industry can help lead the way in showing COP representatives that solutions are readily available to deliver rapid decarbonisation.
According to Danny Bonnett, Engineering Director at geotechnical and structural specialists, Wood Thilsted, politicians need to understand that in addition to all the sound environmental benefits, fast action on decarbonisation is needed because business is yearning for this transition.
“As we see demand for offshore power continue to soar across the globe”, he said, “governments need to think big when writing the next chapter at COP26 in Glasgow”.
He added: “As offshore wind engineering specialists, we for example, can show just how efficient the design process can be with a holistic approach to what we specify and where. We have the solutions to deliver rapid decarbonisation across the energy sector in the very short term, and in the rest of the economy in the medium term. COP26 is a golden opportunity for bold action by governments to allow businesses to invest, to innovate, to seek the fastest and most cost-effective ways of stripping out carbon”.
Bonnett also pointed to SteelZero (which Wood Thilsted strongly advocate) – a global initiative that he believes sends a very powerful message to steel producers, policymakers and investors to accelerate the transition to widescale production of net zero steel. Bonnett claims that many of the barriers currently facing the offshore industry in its steel supply chains can be removed.
He continued: “During these past 18 months of the pandemic, the world has grown up. I think we now have a much better insight into our human vulnerability than ever before. The Global Transition and its sub-set, the Energy Transition are critically important. COP26 must think big and act quick”.
NOV, whose global expertise covers oil and gas, chemical, mining/mineral processing, food/beverage and portable power, has brought together six of its trusted, industrial pump and mixer brands to create a dynamic new business unit known as Fluid Motion Solutions.
Featuring proven, long-established names such as Mono, Moyno and Chemineer, established in the 1930’s and 1950’s respectively, Fluid Motion Solutions is backed by a vastly experienced team of specialists, as well as a global service and aftermarket team – plus customer access to application software for optimum pumping and mixing results.
Based in Manchester, England, alongside the existing manufacture of Mono progressive cavity pumps, screens and grinders, the Fluid Motion Solutions business unit will also produce Chemineer agitators, Kenics static mixers and heat exchangers, as well as heat exchangers, high shear Greerco mixers, and belt-driven side entry Prochem mixers for the highly engineered mixing solutions demanded by industrial processors.
“With such a comprehensive portfolio of pumping and mixing brands, we have the answer to almost any customer challenge”, said Irfan Rehman, Sales Director for Fluid Motion Solutions.
He added: “Bringing this new group together at one centre of excellence in Manchester is a very positive, forward-looking move that will allow us to expand our pump and mixer range; delivering a series of new, innovative products and services to industry”.
While continuing to engineer industry-leading pump and mixer ranges, Fluid Motion Solutions will also make grinders and screens specifically designed for industries requiring solids reduction or waste conditioning.
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A proven track record working with next generation offshore turbines around the world pushed UK structural and geotechnical engineering specialists Wood Thilsted to first choice for the detailed design contract for ScottishPower Renewables’ East Anglia Hub.
Wood Thilsted, which has worked on monopile foundation designs for pioneering US and European offshore wind farms, will design foundations for more than 200 14+MW Siemens Gamesa turbines that will stand in waters more than 50m deep in the East Anglia Hub, off the Suffolk coast.
The turbines on East Anglia ONE North, TWO and THREE that form the 3.1GW East Anglia Hub will be among the world’s most powerful and productive, generating more than 7.5% of the UK’s 40GW target for offshore wind power by 2030 and a key part of the UK’s race to net zero, a green recovery post-Covid and action on climate change.
East Anglia Hub will build on the success of SPR’s flagship East Anglia ONE project, now more than a year into its operations. East Anglia THREE has consent and results of the planning process for /east Anglia ONE North and TWO are expected by January 2022.
Ross Ovens, East Anglia Hub project director, said:
“Wood Thilsted’s expertise is vital to us being able to deliver the safest and most efficient foundations for this hugely significant project.
“Design has a major bearing on costs, safety and installability so bringing in an international team that has the right level of experience – in this case with the latest generation turbines – is extremely beneficial to the future success of the East Anglia Hub.”
Ed Crammond, director at Wood Thilsted, added:
“We are working very closely with ScottishPower Renewables, who share our strong belief in the importance of a multi-disciplinary design approach to continually improve offshore wind’s LCOE (levelised cost of energy). Together with parent company, Iberdrola, they are setting a very good example for the industry.”
The contract award comes weeks before all eyes turn to COP26 in Glasgow, where world leaders will converge to discuss how to tackle climate change.
Energy minister Greg Hands this week described offshore wind as “the lynchpin in our efforts to reach net zero” at Renewable UK’s (RUK) Global Offshore Wind Conference and Exhibition, with RUK chief executive Dan McGrail calling for support to further build scale and, importantly, speed, reflecting on a development process that can take a decade to deliver a single farm.
The partnership of SPR and Wood Thilsted pivots on a shared ethos to bring down the levelised cost of energy (LCOE) by foundation design improvements with a keen focus on installability and safety.
Moxa Europe GmbH and Crosser, a pioneer in edge analytics for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), announce their cooperation. Together, Crosser’s edge analytics platform and Moxa’s reliable network, connectivity and edge computing solutions will help manufacturing companies to connect their devices to offer better collaboration between systems, processes, and people.
Smart manufacturing centers around creating an environment where all available information — from the shop floor itself and from every other point along the supply chain — is captured in real-time, made visible and transformed into actionable insights.
This need for interconnectivity across IT and OT networks has created a demand for intuitive, scalable cloud services and edge computing solutions. That’s why, in a recent IBM study, 91 per cent of respondents stated their organizations plan to implement edge computing in the next five years. However, to realize these technologies, manufacturers require both the technology itself and support to implement it.
Moxa helps organizations digitize their infrastructure. By providing secure and reliable IIoT solutions that let customers rapidly develop and deploy applications in the field, Moxa’s cloud-ready gateways and long life-cycle software act as the ideal starting point for manufacturers upgrading to Industry 4.0.
Moxa’s IIoT edge gateway family includes industrial computers that are optimized for edge computing applications. For instance, Moxa’s IIoT gateway software ThingsPro® Edge provides a cloud-ready gateway solution for easy and secure connectivity between the edge and cloud, ensuring transparent data exchange between OT and IT systems.
Crosser’s low-code platform gives users access to a rich library of pre-built modules that enable non-developers to apply any data transformation, harmonization, or data reduction to their streaming data. The platform runs on a hybrid architecture, which means that the partly cloud-based, real-time analytics engine can be installed anywhere: on an edge gateway, on a factory floor, or in the cloud — giving customers maximum flexibility.
By joining forces, Crosser and Moxa can give manufacturers a complete IIoT solution.
“Crosser solves one of the most common challenges our customers face — making data analytics scalable,” said Hermann Berg, Head of IIoT at Moxa. “Most customers can adopt new technologies, like edge computing, on a single device. However, the real challenge comes when an organization wants to make changes to their analytics software in the field or implement a new technology across multiple devices. That’s where Crosser comes in.”
Crosser’s unique hybrid architecture allows companies to innovate centrally with a low-code approach. The architecture combines the best of two worlds: the simplicity of modern cloud technologies and the secure and low-cost processing of data close to the data source, on premise or on an edge device.
“Being low-code, Crosser helps industrial companies move faster in their digitalization journeys by putting the power of innovation in the hands of non-developers,” explained Martin Thunman, Co-Founder and CEO of Crosser. “Our goal is to make edge analytics possible for all manufacturing companies, no matter their size or in-house skillset. But to make digitalization happen, we need an equally scalable IIoT toolkit that can bring software to manufacturers. For Crosser, Moxa is the perfect partner.
“What’s more, Moxa can pre-integrate its partners’ software. This is another key benefit for Crosser, as it will help to accelerate our time to market and help us to reach even more industries,” concluded Thunman.
You can learn more about the joint solutions and use cases visiting Moxa’s IIoT Partner website or by registering to Moxa’s upcoming IIoT TechTalk “Edge Infrastructure Meets Edge Analytics – At Scale” on November 4th 11:00 am, where both Moxa and Crosser will speak about use cases that demonstrate how IIoT infrastructure can accelerate the phases of the IIoT project lifecycle.
Moxa is a leading manufacturer of solutions for industrial networking as well as for computing and edge connectivity applications that establish the connectivity for the Industrial Internet of Things. With over 30 years of industry experience, Moxa has connected more than 71 million devices worldwide and has a distribution and service network that reaches customers in more than 80 countries. Moxa's customers benefit from reliable industrial networks and communication infrastructures. All true to the motto: Reliable Networks, Sincere Service. You can find more information about the solutions from Moxa at www.moxa.com
Crosser designs and develops Streaming Analytics, Automation and Integration software for any Edge, On-premise or Cloud. The Crosser Platform enables real-time processing of streaming, event-driven or batch data for Industrial IoT and Intelligent Workflows. It is the only platform of its kind that is purpose-built for Industrial and Asset Rich organizations.
The solution is built to fight complexity with simplicity through the Crosser Flow Studio, the visual design tool that enables teams to innovate faster than ever without developers. The software is ideally suited for Enterprise customers of various industries and applications, including Edge Analytics, Industrial Connectivity, Industry 4.0, Streaming Analytics, Hybrid Integration, and Intelligent Workflows. www.crosser.io
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Ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, OPITO, the global safety and skills body for the energy industry, has reconfirmed its intention to identify commonalities between existing energy skills training and assessments to support global standards for hydrogen, carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) and floating offshore wind.
With a 50-year legacy in oil and gas and a global footprint, OPITO’s well established emergency response frameworks, for on and offshore, will act as a basis for the development of hydrogen-specific, CCUS and floating offshore wind workforce training.
Andy Williamson, Head of Energy Transition at OPITO, said: “Government’s plans to create a thriving green economy in the UK over the next ten years will create thousands of jobs, billions of investment and export opportunities for the supply chain.
“This is already underway with major oil and gas operators announcing plans to create offshore wind and hydrogen hubs, based in the UK. OPITO’s leading role in energy skills, development and competency means we recognise the importance of our highly skilled oil and gas workforce and the role they can play in a low carbon economy, both domestically and further afield.”
Mr Williamson continued: “Collaboration is key. Our workgroups reviewing the standards currently in use throughout the oil and gas industry to understand transferability between sectors continue to gather momentum. The aim is to minimise duplication and standardise training for the workforce, thereby reducing cost and helping the supply chain to remain competitive.
“We are already working with major project developers globally, focused on technologies including offshore wind, hydrogen and CCUS, to ensure that our existing standards are embedded into these projects and the workforce can operate to the highest standard possible in a safe and skilled manner.
“Together with our partners and stakeholders, this approach will be upheld throughout the energy transition to ensure safety is never compromised and we secure high value renewable jobs in the UK.”
OPITO’s commitment to supporting the energy transition is underlined by its role leading the development of a People and Skills Plan as part of the North Sea Transition Deal, launched in March 2021.
About OPITO: OPITO is the global skills organisation for the energy industry. Up to 375,000 people are trained to OPITO standards every year, across 50 countries through 230 accredited training centres.
OPITO works to develop a safe and skilled workforce by driving global standards and qualifications, creating workforce development solutions and leading dialogue with industries and governments. With operation centres in four regions - UK and Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas - OPITO is driving safety and competency improvements to benefit the industry and providing career pathways and training opportunities for the current workforce and the next generation.
For more information, please visit www.opito.com
It doesn’t take long to find videos of springs being manufactured. The process is almost hypnotic as a series of carefully choreographed motions bend, twist, and form wire into tension, torsion, and compression springs. The equipment used to form these essential metal parts, which are integrated into everything from beds and doors to cars and home appliances, requires significant investment. Hence, when a spring former shows signs of aging, retrofitting to a more modern CNC-controlled system is one potential option.
While retrofitting sounds attractive, allowing the bulk of the machine to be reused, it is difficult to predict all of the possible challenges that will arise. Furthermore, the retrofitted version of the equipment needs to offer additional advantages, such as flexibility, speed enhancements, and an improved user interface. With around 60 spring formers spread across three manufacturing sites, one recent Delta customer faced precisely this dilemma. However, after close support from Delta’s Field Application Engineer Enric Tamarit and his team, together with a trusted system integrator with mechanical engineering expertise, the customer agreed to trial the retrofitting approach.
At its core, the new design used the AX-864E, a CODESYS-based motion controller that is ideal for such complex control applications. The compact, fan-less design, built around an Intel x86 CPU, ensured robust mounting coupled with support for EtherCAT to control the selected drives. The unit also features an HDMI display port, gigabit LAN, four USB interfaces, and a connector for RS-485/422 and a differential input motor encoder. Eight GPIOs provide NPN (sink) or PNP (source) control or input signals dependent on the model chosen. A watchdog timer, configurable through the BIOS, ensures the system automatically resets in the event of abnormal operation. Additionally, a range of security features, including BIOS passwords and Delta’s PAC Tool for restricting writes to the integrated solid-state drive, are also included. Thanks to its support for CODESYS, an industry-standard IEC 61131-3 PLC language, the control system software was rapidly iterated to optimize the implementation.
The wire forming was realized with ECMA Series servo motors. Their state-of-the-art design provides a high torque-to-size ratio, low flux loss, and delivers low cogging suited to the smooth motion control required for spring manufacture. They could also be adapted to different spring-forming equipment needs thanks to a range of shaft options and encoders. Coupled with ASDA-A2 Series servo drives, connected via high-speed EtherCAT, simultaneous control of the servo motors was ensured. The characteristics needed for the retrofitted design were easily achieved thanks to the available high precision control, with a 1 kHz frequency response and 1 ms settling times, and superlative vibration suppression. Programmable positioning modes (Pr Mode) also allow up to 64 internal position settings, supporting continuous motion control.
An essential aspect of the retrofit was an improved user interface, allowing operators to configure the desired spring from a choice of recipes. With a 7-inch color TFT display, the DOP-H07 Series provided the flexibility needed by machine operators. This IP55 rated handheld device weighs just 750 g and includes an emergency stop button together with a hook for convenient storage when no longer in use. Connected to the AX-864E via a TCP Modbus, the handheld display allows simultaneous configuration of the spring former while overseeing the actions executed by the servos. Delta’s DOPSoft configuration software enables visually appealing, clear, and easy-to-use interfaces in multiple languages, ensuring simplicity for users. Simulation of the production process was also implemented, saving time and resources before committing to manufacturing.
The retrofitted electronic CAM spring former provides a more streamlined operating experience. Switching between the manufacture of different spring types is simplified, thanks to the user-friendly, recipe-style selection offered by the human-machine interface (HMI). Furthermore, new recipes can be easily developed by extending and modifying existing designs as and when required. In operation, the upgraded solution proved to be significantly more efficient. Tooling changes to manufacture a different spring previously required a day of effort. This has been reduced to half a day with the new approach. Furthermore, productivity has been improved by 50% in most cases, while the most straightforward spring designs can now be manufactured at double the previous rate.
Although the initial retrofit has taken around a year of close cooperation and work to complete, the results have been so impressive that the customer has decided to continue upgrading further spring formers. Because a CODESYS-capable motion controller was chosen, coupled with Delta’s easy-to-integrate HMI, servo drives, and servos, this approach will continue to be a cost-effective and reliable alternative to machine replacement.
Delta, founded in 1971, is a global leader in switching power supplies and thermal management products with a thriving portfolio of smart energy-saving systems and solutions in the fields of industrial automation, building automation, telecom power, data centre infrastructure, EV charging, renewable energy, energy storage and display, to nurture the development of smart manufacturing and sustainable cities. As a world-class corporate citizen guided by its mission statement, “To provide innovative, clean and energy-efficient solutions for a better tomorrow,” Delta leverages its core competence in high-efficiency power electronics and its ESG-embedded business model to address key environmental issues, such as climate change. Delta serves customers through its sales offices, R&D centres and manufacturing facilities spread over close to 200 locations across 5 continents.
Throughout its history, Delta has received various global awards and recognition for its business achievements, innovative technologies and dedication to ESG. Since 2011, Delta has been listed on the DJSI World Index of Dow Jones Sustainability™ Indices for 10 consecutive years. In 2020, Delta was also recognized by CDP with two “A” leadership level ratings for its substantial contribution to climate change and water security issues and named Supplier Engagement Leader for its continuous development of a sustainable value chain
For detailed information about Delta, please visit: www.delta-emea.com
Leading automated surface inspection solutions provider, AMETEK Surface Vision, now offers a range of expert system services to ensure optimum levels of operation for the lifetime of its inspection and monitoring products.
Customers will benefit from AMECare Performance Services throughout their system lifecycles. AMECare — which features a range of global services available 24/7 — offers assistance for a variety of needs, from initial set up to trainings and spare parts.
Starting from purchase, AMECare provides tailored support for the installation, alignment, calibration, and configuration of new systems. On-site engineers will ensure the system is designed for individual requirements, using unique recipes and configured communications to ensure seamless integration with existing plant systems.
AMECare also provides service contracts to ensure customers receive dedicated on-site and remote support in response to any critical system problems, as well as general maintenance and software updates.
Yamina Lansari, Global Manager of Technical Services for Surface Vision, said: “We understand our customers often have mission-critical systems where downtime is not an option. AMECare service and support engineers understand the importance of remote and on-site services to ensure the most appropriate action in the event of any problems.”
Preventative maintenance is included in the AMECare package to identify and solve potential problems early, before they cause significant, costly process downtime. This service can also lead to less general maintenance, fewer part failures, and optimal system performance.
Other services offered as part of AMECare include expert technical support, training to ensure operators get the best out of their systems, and advice on stocking the right spare parts.
Paul Stuyt, Global Manager Projects and Service at Surface Vision added: “With over 2,500 installations worldwide, we understand how important it is to keep your systems working. Our global team of service and project engineers are constantly reviewing and updating our processes, ensuring customers always receive best-in-class service and support to get the most out of their systems.”
Other benefits of using AMECare include reduced material waste, improved product quality, enhanced defect detection, and process optimization.
AMETEK Surface Vision provides products and solutions for a wide range of industries, including metals, paper, plastic film, and nonwovens. To find out more, download the brochure: ameteksurfacevision.com.
About AMETEK Surface Vision
AMETEK Surface Vision is a world leader in automated online surface inspection solutions with a broad product portfolio optimized for web and surface inspection as well as monitoring and process surveillance applications.
Its product portfolio includes two distinct product lines: SmartView® systems and SmartAdvisor® systems. Each product line uniquely enables customers to inspect the surfaces of materials processed in a continuous fashion across the metals, paper, plastics, nonwovens, and glass industries. Learn more by visiting ameteksurfacevision.com.
AMETEK Surface Vision is a unit of the Process and Analytical Instruments Division of AMETEK, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with 2020 sales of more than $4.5 billion.
SKF have just announced its commitment to have a supply chain with net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
“Having already made significant progress on our journey to reducing emissions from our own operations to net zero by 2030, we are today committing to an even more ambitious goal, spanning our full supply chain,” said Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO. “Reaching this goal will require major focus and commitment from our own operations, as well as from our suppliers, partners and customers.”
As milestones towards the new 2050 goal, SKF commits to reducing CO2 emissions in its supply chain by 45% by 2035 and 60% by 2040. In addition, SKF has pledged to source at least 40% of steel from carbon neutral steel plants by 2040 and reduce transport-related greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2040. This will align with the Paris Climate Agreement to reach net zero global emissions by 2050 and limit global warming to 1.5°C (about 2.7°F).
SKF has already taken an important step towards this goal by investing in more energy efficient manufacturing processes and requiring energy-intensive suppliers of steel and forgings to adopt the ISO 50001 standard for systematic energy management. 85% of all suppliers in scope now have this certification.
“SKF’s heritage lies in products that reduce friction and thereby enable a more sustainable industry. Achieving our new, wider ambitions will require new forms of collaboration. For our part, we are approaching the task with determination, experience and technological innovation,” continued Rickard Gustafson.
Progress within manufacturing and increased transparency
From 2022, the Group’s manufacturing site in Gothenburg, Sweden will become the third site to achieve net zero status. This will be achieved by utilizing green energy and investing in more energy efficient processes. The SKF sites that have already achieved this are Tudela, Spain, and Steyr, Austria.
As part of its commitment to transparency and collaboration, SKF joined the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTI) in July 2021. The Group is also advocating for change through its engagement in the SteelZero, RE100 and ResponsibleSteel initiatives.
SKF’s mission is to be the undisputed leader in the bearing business. We do this by offering solutions that reduce friction and CO2 emissions, while at the same time increasing machine uptime and performance. Our products and services around the rotating shaft include bearings, seals, lubrication management, artificial intelligence and wireless condition monitoring. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 17,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2020 were SEK 74 852 million and the number of employees was 40,963. www.skf.com
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Narrows facility becomes fifth site enterprise-wide to reduce energy intensity by 10 percent within five years
Celanese Corporation (NYSE: CE), a global chemical and specialty materials company, has just announced that its Narrows, Virginia cellulose acetate tow manufacturing facility has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for achieving the ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry (the Challenge) in 2021.
The Challenge is a call-to-action to improve energy efficiency of America’s manufacturers. By taking the Challenge, manufacturing sites set a goal to reduce their energy intensity by 10 percent within five years. Although the Challenge is a U.S.-centric initiative, Celanese’s facilities outside the U.S. participate in the Challenge as part of the Company’s commitment to lower greenhouse gas emissions.
“As a result of energy-efficiency technologies and improvements, the Narrows facility has reduced Scope 1 energy and Scope 2 GHG net emissions by approximately 25,000 tCO2e annually from 2016-2020,” said Jon Mortimer, Senior Vice President of Global Manufacturing for Celanese. “Across our manufacturing facilities, we are finding innovative ways to reduce energy intensity as we focus on a 10 percent energy intensity reduction goal by 2030. Narrows is our fifth site enterprise-wide to achieve the Challenge recognition to date. This significant milestone demonstrates Celanese’s commitment to strong energy management practices that produce positive results for the environment, our customers and our communities.”
The facility used a variety of energy-efficiency approaches which yielded a reduction of their energy intensity by 10.1 percent within five years.
Celanese, an ENERGY STAR® partner since 2014, has been recognized by the U.S. EPA for its superior performance in energy management and for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. Celanese is proud of its ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year designation in 2021 for the sixth consecutive year, and the Sustained Excellence award for the fourth consecutive year.
Celanese Corporation is a global chemical leader in the production of differentiated chemistry solutions and specialty materials used in most major industries and consumer applications. Our businesses use the full breadth of Celanese's global chemistry, technology and commercial expertise to create value for our customers, employees, shareholders and the corporation. As we partner with our customers to solve their most critical business needs, we strive to make a positive impact on our communities and the world through The Celanese Foundation. Based in Dallas, Celanese employs approximately 7,700 employees worldwide and had 2020 net sales of $5.7 billion. For more information about Celanese Corporation and its product offerings, visit www.celanese.com