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HELSINKI: Hesburger, a Finnish restaurant chain, is supplying green energy company Neste with used cooking oil from 300 restaurants to be recycled as renewable diesel for its transport fleet.

Every year, company restaurants in Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania produce up to 420 tons of used cooking oil. The new deal will enable its truck emissions to be cut 90 percent compared to using fossil diesel.

“We reduce our emissions by investing in plant protein products and energy efficiency, and by planning our transports effectively,” said company Communications manager Heini Santos. “Recycling and the circular economy have also been important focal points in the development of our activities, and this circular economy collaboration with Neste is a perfect match with our aims.”

Last month the two companies surveyed 1,000 consumers and 52 percent of respondents acknowledged that climate mitigation was easier to do around the home. However 65 percent said external actions - whether moving, traveling or eating – was much harder and therefore companies and consumers should share the responsibility.

“This circularity collaboration with Hesburger is a concrete example of how collaboration can improve sustainability,” explained Heidi Peltonen, Neste Team Lead for Sustainable Partnerships in Marketing & Services. “At the same time, our climate action creates value for consumers visiting Hesburger restaurants, as the cooking oil used in making their French fries can be reused as a raw material for renewable diesel to reduce transportation emissions.

“In this way, we can provide consumers with an opportunity to make more responsible everyday purchasing decisions in Finland and in the Baltic region,” she added.

Hesburger employs 8,000 people in restaurants in Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Germany, Ukraine, Bulgaria and Belarus.

AARHUS, Denmark: In a bid to remain competitive, Vestas plans to reduce the amount of manufacturing waste ending up in landfill to less than 1.0 percent by 2030 while ensuring an increase in recycling from 52 percent to over 94 percent.

A new circularity roadmap sets new targets across design, operations and material recovery in a bid to develop the first fully circular wind turbine - increasing material efficiency by 90 percent, achieving 100 percent rotor recyclability and reducing supply chain waste by 50 percent.

The company says the roadmap commits it to achieve a 55 percent use of refurbished components by 2030 and 75 percent by 2040 to reduce waste, cutting carbon emissions and creating jobs.

“Eliminating waste from the turbine lifecycle is dependent on building a fully circular value chain,” explained Sustainability head Lisa Ekstrand. “To succeed in this journey, it’s crucial for industry leaders to build mature pathways towards circularity and ensure these are fully adopted across their value chains, as this will help nurture the technological innovation, material volume and stakeholder collaboration needed to grow an industry-wide circular economy.

“This approach is at the heart of Vestas’ circularity roadmap, and through it, we aim to pave the way towards a fully circular economy for the wind industry,” she added.

With the growth in European waste reduction and circularity regulations, particularly in France and The Netherlands, the company says sustainability metrics are becoming increasingly integrated into its sales tender process.

STIRLING: A report by Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) says the decommissioning of 5,500 onshore wind turbines across the country by 2050 will produce 1.4 million tonnes of recyclable materials and an opportunity to expand the country’s nascent circular economy.

With 80 percent of the average wind turbine recyclable, the largest amount of material waste will be 1.1 million tonnes of steel, 142,000 tonnes of iron, 24,000 tonnes of copper, 63,000 tonnes of fibreglass, and 94,000 tonnes of resin and balsa wood.

According to the report, decommissioning is becoming a practical problem for many European countries with 34,000 turbines 15 years or older. Onshore wind is a key element in Scotland’s transition to renewable electricity, providing 70 percent of its generation capacity in 2019. The country was an early adopter and with an average lifespan of 25 years, many of its first installed turbines are becoming redundant.

By 2040 ZWS expects 250 turbines a year being decommissioned from 800 locations across the Highlands, Aberdeenshire, the Central Belt, Dumfries and Galloway.

“Like anything else, wind turbines and their parts require maintenance, refurbishment and eventually reach an end-of-life,” said ZWS head Iain Gulland. “In forecasting the scale of materials set to be released through wind turbine decommissioning, this report presents Scotland with a fantastic opportunity to embed circular solutions into the resource management of these materials.”

The report also identifies a need for reprocessing infrastructure and storage locations, the development of a decommissioning hub at a port on the central-eastern coast of Scotland and opportunities to increase employment skills and expertise in reuse and refurbishment.
October 18, 2021
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