Nov 6, 2020

GE: supporting Decarbonisation in Spain

General Electric
Sustainability
electricity
Technology
Georgia Wilson
2 min
Green grid
General Electric supports Spain’s efforts towards Decarbonisation...

In efforts to drive decarbonisation in Spain, GE Renewable Energy has been awarded a contract with Spanish Transmission System Operator RED ELÉCTRICA DE ESPAÑA S.A. The details of the contract includes 10 mobile substations for the Canary and Balearic Islands in support of Spain's decarbonisation goals.

The contract marks the first introduction of a g³ substation in Spain, as well as the first time the technology has been integrated into a mobile substation.

“The compact units can be transported from one substation to another, or between islands, by standard maritime shipping, in case of an emergency or scheduled substation refurbishment,” reports GE.

Utilising GE’s ground-breaking Green Gas for Grid g³ technology, GE will install its containerised gas-insulated mobile station on Tenerife. 

“GE’s g³ products feature the same high performance and reliability as SF₆ equipment but have a gas mass with more than a 99% reduced CO₂ equivalent value. More importantly, life-cycle assessments (LCAs) have shown that g³ products have a greatly reduced CO₂ impact on the environment compared with SF₆ products. The g³ mobile station will help contribute to Spain’s efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20% by 2030,” notes GE on the performance capabilities of its solution.

The implementation of GE’s technology will also help Spain tackle the challenge of providing reliable electricity to the local community and visitors that it is currently facing in the Canary and Balearic Islands due to the Islands’ vast distance away from the mainland transmission networks. 

“Providing reliable electrical service to customers living and working on islands poses unique challenges and requires solutions that are flexible, reliable and more environmentally friendly – such as GE’s g³ containerised gas-insulated mobile substation. Our contract with RED ELÉCTRICA DE ESPAÑA demonstrates that utilities are becoming increasingly aware of their environmental footprint and the impact it has on their community and the world around them,” commented Alejandro Barjau, Senior Business Operations Staff Manager at GE’s Grid Solutions.

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May 21, 2021

Four CPG giants to fund sustainable accelerator programme

Sustainability
accelerator
incubator
ABInbev
Kate Birch
3 min
With the aim of fast-tracking a shift towards sustainable solutions, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Colgate Palmolive and AB InBev partner to fund innovations

Breakthrough ideas can come from anywhere and anyone. That’s the premise behind the coming together of The Coca-Cola Company, Unilever and Colgate-Palmolive in the funding and support of world-leading brewer AB InBev’s 100+ Accelerator program.

These four consumer packaged goods multinationals will leverage both their size and resources to fast-track a shift toward sustainable solutions by mobilising some of the world’s sharpest thinkers to solve some of the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges.

The aim of this collaboration is to “supercharge adoption of sustainable solutions by funding the accelerating fantastic innovations that will change the world by making all of our businesses more sustainable”, says Tony Milkin, chief procurement, sustainability and circular ventures officer at AB InBev.

“Sustainable business is smart business, and we are working to solve huge problems that no one company can handle alone. With our combined global reach, we can accelerate progress towards a more sustainable future.”

What is the 100+ Accelerator program?

Originally launched in 2018, 100+ Accelerator is a global incubator program that aims to solve key supply chain challenges across water stewardship, circular economy, sustainable agriculture and climate action.

It offers size and scale to passionate entrepreneurs to help bring their solutions to market faster, and the program’s first two cohorts have already piloted 36 innovations in 16 countries, with participating startups raising more than US$200m to help them scale globally.

Among the established innovators are those already creating huge impact on sustainability, with projects including the first solar thermal plant in Africa, recycled electric vehicle batteries that store renewable electricity in China, and upcycling saved grains from the brewing process to produce nutritious foods in the US.

  • The implementation of green cleaning solutions to reduce water and energy use in brewing operations in Colombia
  • Solutions delivering traceability and insurance for smallholder farmers in Africa and South America
  • The collection of more than 1,000 tons of glass waste in Brazil
  • Piloting returnable packaging in the United States
  • Recycled electric vehicle batteries that store renewable electricity in China
  • The ability to upcycle saved grains from the brewing process to produce nutritious foods in the United States
  • The first solar thermal system to be installed at an AB InBev plant

How will the new program work?

So, how does it work? Applications are invited from entrepreneurs or small businesses (deadline for cohort 3 is May 31 2021) and the partners will choose 20-25 ideas which are then provided with funding.

Project aligned with goals of the CPG multinationals

The participation by all three consumer packaged goods giants is in line with each of their own sustainability goals, with each passionate about transforming global supply chains towards a greener future, and knowledgeable that “we can achieve our purpose faster and more effectively with equally committed partners”, says Patricia Verduin, CTO of Colgate.

Since launching its World Without Waste sustainable packaging platform, Coca-Cola has actively engaged the startup community for inspiration and innovation and is an inaugural investor in Circulate Capital, a fund launched in 2019 focused on ventures, infrastructure and innovations preventing the flow of plastic into oceans.

The program’s social inequality component is also aligned with Unilever’s values. “This year, we made commitments to ensure that everyone who directly provides us with goods and services receives a living wage by 2030,” says Marc Engel, chief supply chain officer of Unilever. But that’s not all. “We’re increasing our spend with suppliers from underrepresented groups and committed to train 10 million young people.”

 

 

 

 

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