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Nearly 300,000 refrigerators recycled by Veolia on its Angers site in 2016

Eco-systèmes – an eco-organization approved by the authorities for the collection and recycling of electrical appliances – has collected and recycled 1.6 million refrigerators in 2016. Veolia handled 276,500 appliances at its site in Angers, which is the largest unit specializing in the treatment of WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) in France.

The appropriate treatment of large cold appliances – which includes refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners – is essential because they contain fluorinated gases that have a high greenhouse gas effect and are made of materials that can be recycled.

Decontaminate then recycle

Decontaminating cold appliances is essential as the refrigerant gases they contain have a global warming potential up to 10,000 times higher than CO2, Some now banned fluorinated gases (CFCs / HFCs) are still present in 34 % of the equipment collected. Once decontamination is complete, the materials are recycled, which makes it possible to preserve natural resources and manufacture new products.

Veolia and Peterson begin decommissioning an offshore platform in the North Sea

On 11 July Veolia and its partner Peterson accepted the topside structure of the Shell Leman BH platform at their Great Yarmouth decommissioning facility on the Norwegian North Sea. The 50 m high supporting structure will arrive in a few days.

This decommissioning operation has a 97% recycling and reuse target for the 1,600 tonnes of materials in the platform. The Great Yarmouth site, ideally placed to manage end-of-life North Sea oil platform decommissioning projects, supports the local economy and has already created 10 jobs.


Estelle Brachlianoff

These end-of-life platforms are valuable assets. By decommissioning them we can unlock resources to give them a second, third or even fourth life. This project shows how we can maximise the recycling and sustainability of materials. Our partnership with Peterson has successfully delivered a number of projects over the last ten years, and this latest one will further new opportunities on the Great Yarmouth site,” said Estelle Brachlianoff, Senior Executive Vice President, Veolia UK and Ireland.

This project, developed jointly by Veolia and Peterson, follows the award of two contracts late last year. It is a further step towards establishing the Great Yarmouth site as a real centre of excellence,” added Peterson’s Regional Director, Ron van der Laan.

80,000 tonnes of materials recovered

Decommissioning end-of-life offshore platforms allows offshore oil and gas field operators to increase the sustainability of their facilities by extracting the valuable materials they contain. Veolia and Peterson’s decommissioning solutions include decontamination, deconstruction, waste management and environmental services together with associated integrated logistics and marine services.
Through this partnership, 80,000 tonnes of materials have already been recovered. The process used has achieved “excellent” environmental assessment ratings in several environmental evaluations.

Going 100% renewable in India: Tata Motors is helping to drive the energy transition

As RE100 reaches a milestone of 100 member companies, Arvind Bodhankar, CSO, Tata Motors, reflects on why it makes sense to transition to 100% renewable electricity and future proof business operations.

At a time when the onus lies equally on corporates and governments to demonstrate climate action, manufacturers, including car manufacturers, are very keen on moving towards renewable energy. This is not only necessary, given the need for collective efforts to address climate change, but also makes good business sense.

Going 100% renewable implies establishing reliable sources for procuring renewable energy, setting up solar and wind energy farms at manufacturing plants, and consciously moving away from fossil fuels.

Looking at the policy measures in India that can support this intent, open access regulations need to be consistent across states. Even in states with open access, the rules can effectively be unviable. There also seems to be a lack of clarity on transmission and wheeling charges, taxes in different states and on expected trends. There are challenges around power banking and net metering is capped at 1 megawatt (MW) which is discouraging to large on-site projects. This makes it harder for companies in India to self-generate renewable energy. Looking at government’s commitment, I am confident that it will ease out in coming days.

On the other hand, there is much to be gained by engaging in long-term Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), as power becomes more affordable due to falling tariffs while the cost of grid electricity rises.

Philips Lighting the first with renewable energy certificates in the Gulf

LONDONPhilips Lighting has announced it is purchasing renewable electricity in the Gulf – taking the company a step closer to its goal of sourcing entirely renewable electricity across its global operations.

Philips Lighting is a member of RE100 – The Climate Group’s leadership initiative now uniting 96 influential businesses committed to 100% renewable power, delivered in partnership with CDP. Philips Lighting aims to make the transition by 2020, helping to deliver on its wider goal of being carbon neutral by the same year.

In collaboration with ECOHZ, the leader in energy efficient lighting will source traceable renewable electricity from Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA’s) Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, in Dubai, using the pioneering International REC Standard (I-REC).

The I-REC Standard is a system for documenting renewable energy consumption in regions where no similar scheme exists. It is available in a growing number of countries and meets the RE100 criteria.

New case study shows how the Basque Country became a smart grid leader through a public-private partnership

LONDON: The Climate Group has published a new case study on Bidelek Sareak, an innovative public-private partnership between the Basque Energy Agency and Iberdrola Distribución Eléctrica, aiming to modernize the electricity grid in several urban and rural areas of the region.

The case study is part of The Climate Group’s Energy Transition Platform – a global initiative supporting highly industrialized sub-national governments in accelerating the low carbon transition.

Smart grids incorporate information and communications technology into electricity generation, transport and consumption, with the aim of minimizing environmental impacts, improving reliability and quality of electricity supply, and reducing costs for suppliers and consumers.