The River Thames is not only the thread that ties one of the world’s biggest cities together, but it is also the UK’s second busiest port used to transport forty million tonnes of cargo, ten million passengers and five million tonnes of materials per year. A huge range of vessels travel the 95 miles of water covered by the Port of London Authority (PLA) – ferries, workboats, tugs, tour boats - almost all of them powered by fossil fuels. With an eye to the air quality and low carbon goals being set for the rest of London, PLA set about creating a zero emission roadmap for the vessels on the Thames.
Last week the European Investment Bank has granted a €75M loan to ArcelorMittal for the construction of two ground-breaking projects at ArcelorMittal’s steel-making site in Ghent, Belgium: Steelanol and Torero. The Steelanol consortium, comprised of ArcelorMittal, Lanzatech, Primetals and E4tech, will construct an industrial-scale demonstration plant for the production of ethanol from the steel mill blast furnace gas, using Lanzatech’s fermentation technology. Under the Torero project a large-scale demonstration plant will be constructed to convert waste wood into bio-coal to partially replace the coal currently used in the blast furnace.
The Bioenergy for Sustainable local energy services and Energy Access in Africa (BSEAA) programme, a constituent programme of the UK Department for International Development’s (DFID) Transforming Energy Access (TEA) programme is holding a webinar on “Key trends in commercial bioenergy development in Sub-Saharan Africa” to be held on 27th of May, 2020 from 11.00 am– 12 pm (BST). E4tech, as part of the wider BSEAA2 team, has taken the lead in identifying and assessing viable business models that could accelerate bioenergy deployment.
E4tech, together with Cerulogy, the ICCT, Navigant, SCS and Wageningen UR, is supporting the European Commission with the identification of potential candidate feedstocks for inclusion in Annex IX of the Renewable Energy Directive, following a detailed assessment against set sustainability criteria.
March saw unprecedented global challenges, but E4tech stuck to its growth path, taking on three new recruits.