Södra promises fossil-free transportation by 2030

Södra aims to be fossil-free by 2030. This target was set in 2016 when 15 sustainability targets were adopted. Södra is now strengthening that promise by accepting the challenge from Fossil Free Sweden to achieve fossil-free transportation by 2030.

"Fossil-free and climate-positive operations are high on Södra’s agenda. It is only natural, therefore, that we sign up for the challenge from Fossil Free Sweden and we hope that many others will do the same," said Henrik Brodin, Project Manager for ‘A Fossil-Free Södra.’

Efforts to achieve a fossil-free Södra are in full swing. Some steps have already been taken: several Södra facilities only use fossil-free HVO* in their work vehicles, as do Södra’s own haulage operations comprising 24 trucks.

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"As a player in the green economy, we want to help drive the change to a fossil-free society. Our operations can offer so many social benefits in the transition to a bioeconomy, which is why we are continuously seeking opportunities to deliver tomorrow’s solutions," said Henrik Brodin.

Södra’s fossil-free sustainability target means that Södra must achieve fossil-free production by 2020, and fossil-free transportation by 2030. This is one of Södra’s 15 sustainability targets, which have the same status as the financial targets. Södra has also endorsed the declaration for A Fossil Free Sweden.

* Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil

Fossil Free Sweden is a platform for dialogue and cooperation between businesses, municipalities and other operators that want to participate in the initiative to make Sweden fossil-fuel free. The initiative brings together the knowledge and will of all social sectors, and works to highlight the nationwide efforts taking place to address climate change. The aim is that Sweden will be one of the first welfare countries in the world to become fossil-free. Fossil Free Sweden is working to accelerate the transition, not only because it is possible, but because it is also economically viable.

Södra was founded in 1938 and is the largest forest-owner association in Sweden, with a membership of more than 50,000 forest owners. We engage in modern and responsible forestry, and operate state-of-the-art mills in which we process our raw material. Through value-generating relationships and a long-term approach, Södra is leading the way for the next generation of forestry.


£290 million boost for clean energy in Britain

Renewable energy developers will compete for £290m worth of contracts to support the growth of clean energy in Britain, as the second Contracts for Difference auction launched on (3 April).

Contracts for Difference are won through a competitive process which drives down energy costs for consumers and guarantees companies a certain price for the low-carbon electricity they produce over 15 years. This gives them the support and certainty they need to attract investment and get projects off the ground.

The contracts made available today represent the first part of the Government’s commitment to provide up to £730m of annual support for renewable electricity projects over the course of this parliament. They support a key pillar of the Industrial Strategy by ensuring a cleaner, more flexible energy supply.

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Energy Minister Jesse Norman said:

"This auction underlines that Britain is open for business to companies seeking to invest in low carbon energy. 

“It is designed to deliver clean power to a million homes, create jobs in the energy industry and provide new supply chain opportunities, while reducing carbon emissions by some 2.5 million tonnes per year.”

The scheme is funded through a levy which forms a part of energy bills and only projects that offer the best value for money will win contracts. There is no cost on energy bills until projects are up and running and generating low-carbon energy.

The auction process starts today and will continue over the coming months. It is expected to draw to a close by the autumn, when the winners of the auction and final clearing prices will be announced.

There has been £52bn of investment in renewable energy in the UK since 2010, and for the first time ever exactly half of the UK’s electricity came from low carbon sources in the third quarter of 2016. The latest contracts will help the UK build on this success.

The UK is making significant progress in reducing harmful carbon emissions. Provisional figures released last week show the UK is halfway to meeting its 2050 target for greenhouse gases reduction, with emissions 42% lower than in 1990

The documents relating to the Contracts for Difference auction can be found here

National Grid is the Delivery Body for Contracts for Difference, responsible for publishing application/allocation guidelines and running the Contracts for Difference allocation process. Details about how developers can apply are here


Smart Innovation Increases Operational Efficiencies on Offshore Windfarm and Leads to New Contract for Ampelmann

The first use of a new offshore innovation by Ampelmann and Siem Offshore Contractors delivered major operational efficiencies on Germany’s first commercial offshore windfarm.

Ampelmann’s E1000 motion compensated access system, with a gangway which transforms into a crane boom, performed over 12,000 people transfers and 7,000 cargo transfers safely between an offshore support vessel and the wind turbines over a ten month period. The increase in operational man-hours on the maintenance programme for the windfarm has resulted in a contract extension for Ampelmann by Siem Offshore Contractors.

Steven Vis, Operations Engineer at Ampelmann said: ‘This new contract underlines the successful partnership between all parties in delivering innovation. By providing new solutions to cargo-handling, Ampelmann has demonstrated the versatility of our E-type system.’

2017 04 26 082935Ampelmann’s E1000 motion compensated access system has delivered efficiencies at Germany’s first commercial offshore windfarm.

The Ampelmann E1000 motion compensated offshore access system, with a 30 metre gangway, was installed on the Siem Marlin offshore support vessel to get people and cargo to the turbines to carry out maintenance. With its ability to compensate for vessel movements caused by wind, waves or currents, the E1000 enables the safe passage of people from the vessel to the wind turbine, in even the harshest of conditions, dramatically increasing operational man-hours. By inserting four manual pins, the telescopic gangway of the E1000 can then be transformed into a fixed crane boom for fully motion compensated cargo transfers of up to 1,000 kg.

Vis explained: ‘During this project, we came up with a solution to further increase operational efficiencies. The manual pins were replaced by hydraulic pin pushers which reduced the change-over time from people to cargo mode from ten to five minutes. The E1000 was then able to transfer both people and cargo within 20 minutes.’

Jan Holtermann, IMR Manager at Siem Offshore Contractors added: ‘The co-operation between the Ampelmann operators, service technician and the marine crew of our vessel are the key for success. We are looking forward to using the E1000 on our vessels for further inspection, maintenance and repair works on the offshore windfarms.’

Ampelmann designs and delivers innovative, safe, reliable and efficient transfer solutions to the offshore energy industries globally. With a track record of more than three million safe people transfers, more than 1.5 million kg cargo transfers and 200 projects worldwide, Ampelmann operates in Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific, the Americas and the Middle East.

Siem Offshore Contractors GmbH (SOC) is a leading provider of submarine cable installation, maintenance and repair services for both the oil and gas as well as renewable energy markets, with a particular focus on the emerging offshore wind, wave and tidal energy sectors.


EUA release video showcasing Green Gas

‘Green Gas is a fundamental part of the energy trilemma solution’ says the Energy and Utilities Alliance, EUA’s CEO Mike Foster on the release of an informative video showcasing Green Gas.

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Mr Foster continued;

Gas has for the past two hundred years been a fuel that has offered the UK flexibility – be it for street lighting; industrial processes; power generation or heat demand. As a result of its abundance, the UK has the world’s leading gas grid infrastructure in place, directly supplying the energy to heat 85 per cent of UK homes.

Rather than rip out heating systems and make the grid obsolete, it makes sense to decarbonise the gas we use; using so called green gases such as Biomethane and bio-SNG in addition to hydrogen, will deliver affordable and sustainable solutions to the challenges the UK face. Green gas is increasingly being recognised as the preferred solution to meet UK heat demand, which is seasonal and demands a flexible supply.

Green Gas is the logical solution to the decarbonisation of heat in the UK. In 2016 Green Gas production doubled and so the focus now is really on progressing the production of Green Gas, rather than ‘what if’.

The short video we are releasing today is the next stage of the process- increase awareness. The industry has proven the concept, it’s now time to educate others on the future of UK heat.’


Zero Carbon Britain: Making it Happen – report launch

A new report has just been launched by the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) explores the barriers to reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions, looking at how these can be overcome in a way that could bring a wide range of additional benefits.

Zero Carbon Britain: Making it Happen’ brings together a broad range of evidence from academic literature and grassroots projects to create a picture of the inter-related solutions that we need to reach zero carbon.

2017 03 27 100801Rather than an unresolved technical challenge, it is increasingly accepted that rising to the climate challenge presents a mix of psychological, political and economic barriers. Zero Carbon Britain: Making it Happen sets out the positive, connected approach we need to overcome them.

Mapping out cutting-edge solutions from psychology, sociology, political science, economics and other social sciences, the report also draws on lessons from arts, culture, and faith and spiritual practice. Drawing on findings from a wide range of peer-reviewed research, it integrates these with leading expert views and stories from real-life projects that demonstrate how we can overcome barriers in innovative and exciting ways.

Project Coordinator Paul Allen said: “Providing clear evidence that workable solutions already exist is vital. It empowers citizens and gives policymakers no excuse for inaction. CAT’s previous research has shown that we have all the tools and technologies we need; this new report now demonstrates how we can overcome the cultural, economic and political barriers.”

CAT Chief Executive Adrian Ramsay said: “The shift to zero carbon could be one of the most exciting opportunities in human history, offering many benefits including better housing, accessible transport, reduced obesity, better physical and psychological wellbeing, and more jobs. It’s essential that we understand and start to overcome the barriers to making this shift happen.”