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The Finnish Government has approved the Government Decree on General Terms of Granting Investment Aid for Renewable Energy and New Energy Technology. 

Siemens 2.3MW turbine/ Pori pilot project

The investment aid is intended for future energy solutions so that Finland can achieve its national targets and the targets laid down at EU level for 2030. Under the Government Programme, the use of renewable energy will be increased in a sustainable way so that its share

will rise to more than 50 per cent during the 2020s and the self-sufficiency to more than 55 per cent.

The Government Programme also envisages that the share of renewable transport fuels will be raised to 40 per cent by 2030 and that Finland will stop using coal in energy production and halve the use of imported oil for domestic needs during the 2020s.

The Government plans to allocate a total of EUR 80 million for the investment aid in 2017 and 2018.

Aid can be sought for investments of more than EUR 5 million that concern the production of advanced transport biofuels or pilot projects for new energy technology.

The aid applications must be submitted to the Ministry of Employment and the Economy by 18 March 2016 but the applications can still be supplemented after this date. The second application round will take place in early 2017.

The projects applying for investment aid will be competing with each other. The aid is granted on the basis of overall consideration, in which account is taken of the amount of energy produced and cost-efficiency, as well as, inter alia, project viability, the novelty value of the project technology and the replicability of the project or the technology.

Renewable energy and energy efficiency projects outside the scope of the new aid scheme may be eligible for energy support.

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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (February 19 2016) – Formula E podium finisher Scott Speed will be part of the championship’s world feed commentary team for round five of the series, which takes place in Mexico City on March 12.

“I’m really excited about this opportunity and I think it will be a fun experience to see things
from the other side of the camera,”

Speed, who is racing for the Andretti team in the Global Rallycross Championship, is standing in for Dario Franchitti, who is on IndyCar duty in St. Petersburg, Florida. Speed is a familiar face in the Formula E paddock, having competed in three races for Andretti in season one, which included a stunning second-place finish on his debut in Miami.

“I’m really excited about this opportunity and I think it will be a fun experience to see things from the other side of the camera,” Speed said. “I think Formula E is a great championship, which produces really exciting races, and I can’t wait to get involved in the build-up to the race in Mexico City!”

Speed is one of only two Americans to have raced in Formula E, with Marco Andretti being the other. The only Formula E race on United States soil takes place on April 2 at Long Beach.

To buy tickets for the Mexico and Long Beach ePrix click here http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/tickets

To watch highlights of Speed’s amazing drive to second in Miami click here www.youtube.com/watch?v=3b-o8v7BZF8

To download images of Scott Speed in Formula E click here – http://we.tl/Vu2tyH0Uvj

For more information on Formula E visit www.fiaformulae.com

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Zero Waste Scotland today welcomed the launch of a bold new food waste reduction target as part of the Scottish Government’s new Circular Economy Strategy: Making Things Last. EU Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella joined Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead to announce the launch of the strategy during a visit to the circular-model textiles enterprise Kalopsia in Edinburgh.

The Government aims to reduce food waste by 33 per cent by 2025, which will put Scotland on track to deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goal of halving food waste by 2050. This builds dramatically on the 5.7% reduction achieved in Scotland since 2009.

Following the launch, Iain Gulland said: “I’m delighted that the Scottish Government has set such a ground-breaking and ambitious target for food waste. We must be bold when it comes to confronting the big issues of our generation. Today’s announcement shows that once again Scotland is prepared to lead the way internationally on such issues.

“Against a back-drop of an increasing population and changing diets, food waste is one of our biggest global challenges. Reducing it will reduce carbon emissions, save our natural resources, save us money and help boost our economy. These are the benefits for reducing all waste and developing a more circular economy according to the government’s strategy

“It will require change in the way we do things but we already have innovators leading the way. Our role at Zero Waste Scotland will be to inspire and harness the imaginative thinking and practical action that’s needed, and we look forward to working with partners to reduce all waste and become more circular.”

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GE, which launched a Digital Wind Farm ecosystem within its Onshore Wind Business in May 2015, said the system’s capabilities have the potential to be rolled out all across its onshore and offshore wind operations.

The Digital Wind Farm ecosystem optimizes turbine performance and equipment life through the use of Predix, a predictive analytics software platform.

“In our Renewable Energy business, the capacity to collect, store and share large amounts of data, as well as modelling and analytical capability, is transforming an already-transformative industry.” Jérôme Pécresse, CEO of GE Renewable Energy said. “The experience of machines in the field, captured in a constant flow of data, is informing equipment design, improving operational performance and guiding maintenance planning.”

The Digital Wind Farm ecosystem optimizes turbine performance and equipment life through the use of Predix, a predictive analytics software platform. Turbines are equipped with sensors that feed into the Predix software, which allows performance monitoring from data across farms or even entire fleets. As more data is collected, the system learns over time, becoming more predictive and hence more useful in setting preventive maintenance schedules, Pécresse explained.

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Scotland-based wind data consultancy Oldbaum Services has completed a project to collect data for offshore wind energy projects off Japan by using an onshore scanning LiDAR.

“Scanning LiDAR is an important data acquisition technique development,” said Oldbaum’s Technical Director Andy Oldroyd.

Oldbaum Energy carried out the project in partnership with NRG Renewables.

The company installed the Leosphere W200S, a long range, remote sensing system in the

ARHokkaido province to gather and interpret data for an offshore wind energy project from an onshore location.

“Scanning LiDAR is an important data acquisition technique development,” said Oldbaum’s Technical Director Andy Oldroyd.

“The ability to record winds well out to sea whilst operating from a safe onshore environment greatly reduces cost, but also gives valuable wind speed variation data in areas where numerical techniques are well known to struggle. Scanning LiDAR when used appropriately can give developers valuable insight to the wind regime their development will encounter. In this case we are very fortunate that the range and power of the 200S allows us to scan the entire wind farm development zone.”

In its latest policy, Japan has set an ambitious target of developing offshore wind farms with a combined capacity of 37 GW by 2050.

High wind resources in the north of the country, one of the world’s most generous renewable Feed-in-Tariff schemes and being the world’s third largest economy, makes Japan an attractive market for offshore wind developers, Oldenbaum Energy said in a statement.

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Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. has appointment of Bram Gräber as group director of Maritime Services for its Offshore Energy division.

Gräber will be responsible for the maritime services activities including heavy marine transport and subsea services within Boskalis

Gräber will be responsible for the maritime services activities including heavy marine transport and subsea services within Boskalis, the company said in a release.

As per 1 June 2016, he will succeed Frank Verhoeven who will be retiring from the company.

Peter Berdowski, CEO of Boskalis, said: “We are very excited that Bram has taken on this position. I believe his extensive and successful track record in managing cargo in a capital intensive industry with turbulent market dynamics will benefit our maritime services. I wish him success in heading up this growing part of the group.”

Gräber holds a Master degree in medical sciences and a Master degree in business administration from RSM Erasmus University Rotterdam

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Several offshore wind farm projects planned in the Southern North Sea open up a sea of opportunities for UK suppliers who can demonstrate their value proposition and long-term commitment to the industry, Bruce Valpy of BVG Associates said today during the SNS2016 conference held in Norwich.

Companies such as DONG, RWE, ScottishPower Renewables and Statkraft are all expected to install major offshore wind farms in the Southern North Sea in the next five years, with more to follow.

Companies such as DONG, RWE, ScottishPower Renewables and Statkraft are all expected to install major offshore wind farms in the Southern North Sea in the next five years, with more to follow.

This should provide a major boost to local economies and especially local companies that make themselves ready to serve the offshore wind industry. The region already has a host of companies with experience of operating in the North Sea, albeit for oil and gas companies.

Oil and gas companies have expertise working in the hostile offshore environments that are the next frontiers for offshore wind. Many of these competencies should be transferrable to the offshore wind industry, with a little help.

Developers are also increasingly keen to maximise the local content of their developments to increase local support and comply with planning requirements.

“Offshore wind needs the skills of the offshore oil and gas supply chain, and oil and gas companies can generate much need new revenue from offshore renewables,” said Valpy. 

He also pointed out that there are some significant differences between offshore wind and offshore oil and gas. In particular, the procurement, working and investment strategies can be very different between the sectors.

“Much of our current work with oil and gas companies is helping them understand the size of the opportunity in offshore wind and how best they can enter the supply chain,” said Valpy.

Such understanding, analysis and advice can help many UK companies start doing business much quicker than trying to go it alone.

Valpy also welcomed the shift in industry conversations from “how much subsidy can we get” to “how quickly can we get free of subsidies.”

“The offshore wind industry knows it has to reduce costs to get continued support,” said Valpy. “This means there are lots of opportunities for innovative companies to sell their ideas.”

To achieve subsidy-free levels of generation, innovation is vital, Valpy said. The offshore wind industry already has a strong track-record of cost reduction and is always keen to adopt new ideas that increase efficiency.

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This data has been sourced from expressions of interest for ARENA’s large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) competitive round. It is expected to provide valuable information to stakeholders on trends in costs, generation yields and financing for this funding round.

The 52.8 MW Whitsunday Solar Farm was next in the order of merit and has been invited to join the shortlist of 22 projects to submit a full application, due by 15 June 2016.

The analysis found that:

  • the cost reductions ARENA anticipated for large-scale solar PV appear achievable
  • capital costs for large-scale solar have reduced significantly over the past two years despite a fall in the value of the Australian dollar
  • capacity factors for large-scale solar PV plants are increasing through the use of single axis tracking and moving to higher DC:AC ratios.

ARENA has committed $100 million funding to the round with the aim of bringing down the cost of large-scale solar in Australia through the deployment of between four and 10 new solar farms.

Juwi has informed ARENA that it will not be submitting a final funding bid for the Ebenezer Solar Project. The 52.8 MW Whitsunday Solar Farm was next in the order of merit and has been invited to join the shortlist of 22 projects to submit a full application, due by 15 June 2016

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How a Breakthrough Product Portfolio Assessment is Changing Business Strategy and Yielding New Value

URBAN SPACE: BASF products are everywhere in your home

BASF, a Platinum Sponsor of Sustainable Brands, will be presenting the latest developments in its Sustainable Solution Steering™ project at the Sustainable Brands London event in Windsor (Nov 16-18).

BASF has systematically reviewed and evaluated the sustainability aspects of 60,000 product applications in the company’s portfolio. The analysis involved 2,000 experts, and resulted in more than a thousand specific action plans for improving the overall value-chain sustainability performance.

Each solution is assigned to one of four categories (Accelerator, Performer, Transitioner, Challenged) according to its contribution to sustainability. (www.basf.com/sustainable_solution_steering_e)

In 2014, 23 percent of BASF’s global sales were generated by ‘Accelerators’ – innovative products and solutions that make a significant contribution to sustainability.

To meet customer needs even better in the future and to secure long-term business success, BASF has set itself the target to further increase this share of sustainable solutions to 28 percent by 2020.

In his presentation on Nov 18, Dirk Voeste, BASF’s Vice President of Sustainability Strategy, will focus on how the evaluation results are influencing business strategy and how respective investments are being evaluated and justified.

Urban Space

BASF products are everywhere in your home. Where exactly and how these products contribute to sustainability, Sustainable Brands delegates will be able to discover at the “Urban Space” in the Activation Hub area.

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In less than two weeks, over 450 thought leaders from 30+ countries will gather at SB’15 London to discuss, share, and explore the evolving solutions allowing them to successfully translate environmental and social purpose into business and brand value. The event will boast three days of jam-packed programming providing the latest intelligence from top researchers, tangible solutions from brands at the forefront of sustainability, and insights into pertinent topics such as ESG regulations, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, consumer behavior, employee engagement, and much more. Here are 15 reasons why you can’t afford to miss SB’15 London:


15 reasons to attend SB15 London

  1. Nielsen, BBMG, Futerra, Dragon Rouge, Wolff Olins and The Natural Marketing Institute will unveil new data on the current state of consumer expectations and purchase drivers around sustainability.
  2. Best-selling author John Izzo will analyze worldwide efforts by faith-based communities to drive sustainable business practices, as well as opportunities for brands to respond effectively and capture new markets.
  3. Disney, IKEA, Heineken, Marks & Spencer, The Guardian, Mr. Goodvertising and others will go behind the scenes on new marketing and communication campaigns that are shaping the landscape of sustainability messaging.
  4. Unilever, BASF, adidas, Mondelez, Mars, UPS, and Philips will share details and updates around their latest efforts to pivot their business models and shift product portfolios in alignment with their sustainability strategies.
  5. The Future-Fit Business team will present a breakthrough new goal-setting tool outlining 20 science-based social and environmental goals that all companies, regardless of industry or size, can apply.
  6. O2 Telefónica, KPMG, SAP, Coca-Cola Spain and Global Tolerance will discuss how purpose-driven Millennials are reshaping relationships between brands and employees, and what executives can do to embed adequate values throughout an organization.
  7. Remarkable innovators from TerraCycle, bio-bean and Renmatix will lead an open discussion about opportunities and challenges facing bio-materials and bio-products in the current business environment, along with success prospects for the near future.
  8. Sustainly will offer a sneak peek at its new Big Brand Report examining what is working, and what isn’t, for brand-level social media sustainability communication strategies of the 15 largest global FMCG companies.
  9. IBM will explain how its Watson supercomputer and other cognitive computing technologies can help collect and analyze real-time market intelligence, and unleash superior new stakeholder engagement initiatives as a result.
  10. eRevalue, Baker & McKenzie, Hermes EOS and UN PRI will offer insight into a broad global landscape of emerging ESG regulations and explain what brands can do to stay one move ahead and minimize risk.
  11. The UN Global Compact, The European Commission, Cambridge University and SABMiller will provide an overview of what to expect from the new UN Sustainable Development Goals, as well as guidance on steps companies can take to help meet the SDGs while creating additional value for themselves and their stakeholders in the process.
  12. AHA! Communications will explore the “landscape” of language to show how unique communication can create competitive advantage and teach attendees to looks for signs of effective, or ineffective, sustainability communication.
  13. Social science experts from Krukow and BrainJuicer will guide the audience through the evolution of emerging frameworks and tools that can help brands inspire and incentivize behavior change at scale.
  14. Seymourpowell will lead a series of real-team, live design exercises as part of a workshop on a sustainable innovation fundamentals, with the goal of creating world-changing concepts from pre-defined challenges.
  15. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation will provide guidance on using Circularity Indicators and other new research insights and tools that help measure and modify the level of circularity of existing business models.

Still not convinced? Take a look at the Full Program for a complete picture of the variety of discussions, caliber of speakers, and topics that interest you. Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with top professionals, network with today’s leading change agents, and find the partnerships and solutions you need to help your organization successfully innovate for sustainability. With the event only two weeks away, now is the time to register, so don’t wait!

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