Alstom's commitment to delivering cleaner energy across the world has saved more than the equivalent of three times Austria's annual emissions over the last decade, new figures show. An in-depth analysis of data from 2002-2011 reveals that Alstom's environmental measures, on both new plants and retrofits of existing power facilities, have saved a total of 207 million tonnes of CO2 annually.
The cumulative CO2 reductions achieved on Alstom projects have risen each year on both renewable and thermal power projects. The savings made in thermal projects have grown as Alstom technology has developed to meet the challenges of cleaner and more efficient power, for new plants and for existing ones. These include more efficient gas turbines, ultra-supercritical steam turbines and boilers for coal-fired plants upgrades for the installed fleet and the pilot installations for Carbon, Capture & Storage. Savings on renewable projects, particularly hydro and wind have risen by more than seventy times in the ten years, reflecting Alstom’s broadening portfolio in green energy.
The research covered 1,445 projects undertaken by Alstom over the ten years of the study, measuring actual emissions of an Alstom plant in the first year of its operation against the standard emissions of the local plant type that it replaces. This plant-by-plant approach of calculating displaced and avoided CO2 emissions is based on the guidelines of the World Resources Institute and World Business Council for Sustainable Development's ‘Greenhouse Gas Protocol’, with the methodology and results verified by international auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Alstom’s emissions mitigation work has been particularly effective in growth markets such as China and India, where CO2 savings for every megawatt installed have reached nearly 2,000 tonnes and more than 1,500 tonnes respectively, demonstrating the company’s valuable role in providing clean power solutions to expanding economies where efficiency and environmental protection have become even more important as the demand for electricity increases.
“Energy sustainability is the goal we aim for,” says Thermal Power President Philippe Cochet,”and as these figures prove, we at Alstom push harder and harder each year to deliver cleaner power. At the heart of our work is our understanding that no single technology meets everyone’s needs, and instead to offer a range of innovative solutions to different circumstances. Common to all of them, though, is the commitment to continuous improvement – in terms of cost of electricity, environmental footprint, flexibility and reliability”.