Posted on: 17/05/2016
Mars UK goes 100% renewable after Eneco Moy wind farm deal
Food manufacturer Mars UK has signed a deal to buy all of the electricity it needs from Eneco’s wind farm at Moy, south of Inverness.
The remaining electricity generated by the 60MW wind farm will be sold to local people through the Highlands wind tariff, created by Eneco in partnership with Co-operative Energy.
Barry Parkin, Mars’ Chief Sustainability and Health & Wellbeing Officer, said: “We are proud that, as a result of our partnership with Eneco, Mars’ entire UK operations and our best-loved brands are now powered by 100% renewable electricity, an important step on our ‘Sustainable in a Generation’ journey and to reduce our carbon footprint in the UK.”
Energy Systems Catapult launches with five-year plan
The Energy Systems Catapult has been officially launched in London, along with a five-year plan for the organisation. The catapult is one of 11 innovation centres created by the previous coalition government at Westminster.
The centre has also signed an agreement with the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) to work more closely together on projects.
Environmental Agency pension fund tops global green league table
The Environment Agency’s pension fund has topped a list of global green investors, up four places from 2015.
Compiled by the Asset Owners Disclosure Project, the Global Climate 500 Index ranks investors according to their disclosure and management of climate risk.Church Commissioners for England held
Church Commissioners for England held tenth position in the rankings, while Greater Manchester Pension Fund climbed by 106 places to 30th and Strathclyde Pension Fund rose by 155 places to 34th.
CMA chief takes top job at DECC
Alex Chisholm, Chief Executive at the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA), has been named as the next Permanent Secretary for the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).
Chisholm succeeds Stephen Lovegrove, who is becoming Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence.
His previous roles have included heading up Ireland’s Commission for Communications Regulation.
ETI names cost-effective UK CCS sites
The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has concluded that there are no technical barriers to storing carbon dioxide in former oil and gas wells under the North Sea.
The ETI has published a report into suitable sites and how costs could be reduced.
Meanwhile, Carbon Clean Solutions has the results of its pilot project could cut the cost of carbon-capture and storage by 50% by demonstrating that carbon steel could be used instead of stainless steel and that lower input energy will be required.