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London calling for a more sustainable future: ABB drives reduction in UK carbon emissions

26 July 2021

The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship has returned to London for the first time since 2016. The new 2.25 km, 22-turn circuit not only ran around the Royal Docks and ExCeL London exhibition centre, but also featured an indoor section – a first for top-level international motorsport.

Theodor Swedjemark, ABB’s Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer, says: “It’s great to see ABB Formula E return to the UK, particularly with the added indoor element of the racetrack. This is only possible because the ABB Formula E Gen2 cars emit zero emissions, so, as they compete, they are highlighting the benefits of cleaner, more sustainable transportation – and they’re symbolic of how technology leadership can be a driving force for solving the challenges that our planet is facing.”

ABB showcases its technology leadership in a wide range of industries throughout the UK, helping to reduce carbon emissions and improve energy efficiency.

David Hughes, ABB UK Managing Director, states: “At ABB, we work closely with our customers to ensure they meet their sustainability goals, but we also lead by example. We have reduced our carbon emissions for the seventh consecutive year, receiving ‘Carbon Reduce’ official certification. 

“In 2020, we achieved a reduction in absolute emissions of 39 per cent due to our continued shift toward more sustainable work practices, our move to green energy, smarter building management technology and our industry-leading commitment to an all-EV fleet.”

In the UK, the National Grid has a target of operating a zero-carbon electricity system by 2025. To help achieve this, ABB is working with Statkraft – Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy – to design, manufacture and install two high-inertia synchronous condenser systems for the Lister Drive Greener Grid project in Liverpool, north-west England. The innovative project will play a key role in stabilising the local grid to handle an increased amount of wind and solar power.

To ensure round-the-clock availability for this vital system, Statkraft has also signed a 10-year services contract with ABB.
Another ground-breaking ABB UK project, in partnership with UK Power Networks, is to increase the amount of renewable energy connected to the grid at medium-voltage substations. The scheme will enable real-time monitoring and control of distributed energy resources (DER) such as wind and solar farms.

With thousands of substations across Great Britain, UK Power Networks’ new approach has the potential to unlock 1.4 gigawatts (GW) of network capacity that will enable further integration of DER. This would achieve annual savings of 19 million tonnes of CO2 emissions and cost efficiencies of £750 million for the UK’s Distribution Network Operators. Of this, ABB’s technology will facilitate savings worth approximately £350 million and will support the UK’s path to Net Zero by 2050, which includes increasing the country’s share of renewable energy to 80 percent.


Round
City
Country
Date
1
Diriyah
Saudi Arabia
February 26, 2021
2
Diriyah
Saudi Arabia
February 27, 2021
3
Rome
Italy
April 10, 2021
4
Rome
Italy
April 11, 2021
5
Valencia
Spain
April 24, 2021
6
Valencia
Spain
April 25, 2021
7
Monaco
Monaco
May 8, 2021
8
Puebla
Mexico
June 19, 2021
9
Puebla
Mexico
June 20, 2021
10
New York
USA
July 10, 2021
11
New York
USA
July 11 2021
12
London
UK
July 24, 2021
13
London
UK
July 25, 2021
14
Berlin
Germany
August 14, 2021
15
Berlin
Germany
August 15, 2021



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