The weekly #goodnewssiren round-up #66

September 10, 2021

There’s been an array of good news this week, from BA’s step towards sustainability to a surge in wind farm installations, here’s what’s making Siren smile 


British Airways launches sustainability program  


This week, British Airways launched ‘BA Better World’, its new sustainability programme. The airline marked its commitment to put sustainability at the heart of its business with plans to reduce emissions and waste, as well as positively contributing to the communities it serves. 


Some of the initiatives introduced include switching from diesel to renewably powered electric pushback vehicles and removing weight from its aircraft by introducing lighter seats, trollies, inflight magazines and paper flight manuals.  


The airline has also outlined its efforts to remove single-use plastic, as well as ensuring more of its sourced products are made from recycled materials, with further pledges to introduce positive action in many other areas of its business planned. 


Campaign launched to protect 80% of the Amazon at key environment summit 


Indigenous voices on the environment are finally being heard as Marseille hosts a global biodiversity summit, with a call to protect 80 per cent of the Amazon. 


For the first time in its seven-decade history, the International Union for Conservation of Nature is including indigenous people as full voting members, rather than under the NGO category.  


Historically, the global conservation movement was based on the idea that protected areas flourish free from human disturbance, but a growing body of evidence shows that indigenous communities are the best at looking after wildlife, and that as much as 80 per cent of the world’s remaining forest biodiversity is located within indigenous peoples’ territories. 


As a result of recognising the essential role of indigenous people play to the future of the Amazon’s biodiversity, it is expected other committees will follow suit. 


World’s biggest machine capturing carbon from air turned on in Iceland 


The world’s largest plant designed to suck carbon dioxide out of the air by transforming it into rock has started running. The plant, named Orca after the Icelandic word “orka” meaning “energy”, consists of four units, each made up of two metal boxes that look like shipping containers. 


Constructed by Switzerland’s Climeworks and Iceland’s Carbfix, when operating at capacity, the plant will draw 4,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide out of the air every year. 


According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, that equates to the emissions from about 870 cars! 


Global wind farm installations expected to surge after Covid drop, says report 


According to the Global Wind Energy Council, wind farm installations are expected to double to record global levels this year, after a short-lived Covid-19 slowdown. 


The group’s annual report found that the world’s offshore wind farm capacity grew by 6.1GW last year, down slightly from a record 6.24GW in 2019 with reports indicating a rebound of more than 12GW in 2021, thanks to being powered by an offshore wind boom in China. 


The future of the industry’s growth is also expected to be powered by a record year for offshore wind financing, according to the report, after the $8bn investment in the world’s biggest offshore wind farm off the UK’s Yorkshire coast. 


The offshore industry believes if we continue at this rate, they could achieve their 2050 targets which are crucial for combating global warming and maintaining a low global temperature.