Powering Emissions Reductions With Clean Heat and Renewable
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Research and Development of Medicines Aligned with Sustainable Development Goals
Submitted by Vanguard Renewables
The research, development, and production of medicines is an energy-intensive process. As part of our transition to net zero, we have announced a series of innovative partnerships which are decarbonizing our operations, expanding access to renewable energy, and contributing to the circular economy. In alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), these initiatives aim to accelerate emissions reductions in industrial sectors.
Advancing Clean Heat and Energy Efficiencies in the UK
We have agreed a 15-year partnership in the UK with Future Biogas to establish the first unsubsidized industrial-scale supply of biomethane. This supply of green gas will power our sites in Macclesfield, Cambridge, Luton, and Speke. The new biomethane plant will add renewable energy capacity to existing UK infrastructure and supply more than 100 gigawatt hours (GWh) of biomethane, equivalent to the heat needs of more than 8,000 homes.
- Utilizing locally grown crops as part of diverse crop rotations
- Contributing to the development of a circular economy
- Supporting UK farms with sustainable land management practices
“In leading from the front on the commercial adoption of clean heat, we are innovating to expand the usage of renewable energy, contributing to the circular economy, and accelerating our progress towards net zero.” – Juliette White, Vice President Global Sustainability & Safety, Health & Environment, AstraZeneca
Renewable Heat and Power in the US and Beyond
In the US, we’re partnering with Vanguard Renewables to transform food and beverage waste and dairy manure into renewable natural gas (RNG). This collaboration will provide clean heat to our US sites, reducing our environmental footprint and delivering the equivalent of the energy required to heat over 17,800 homes. Additionally, the methane produced will be used to create a low carbon fertilizer, enhancing the sustainability of the farming sector.
In Puerto Rico, iPR Pharmaceuticals, part of AstraZeneca, has begun using Renewable Liquefied Natural Gas (RNLG) from landfill to fuel its cogeneration plant. This domestically produced RNLG helps to reduce landfill emissions by 90% and replaces fossil fuel energy sources.
In Europe, we are transitioning to renewable energy for our electricity needs. Through an agreement with Statkraft, Europe’s largest renewable energy producer, we will increase the supply of wind power in Sweden by purchasing 200 GWh per year for ten years. This commitment maximizes the positive impact of our renewable energy procurement and focus on sustainable innovation.
Ambition Zero Carbon – Our Science-Based Climate Strategy
The transition to 100% renewable energy is a key element of our flagship Ambition Zero Carbon program. This program aims to halve the company’s entire value chain footprint (Scopes 1 to 3) by 2030 and achieve science-based net zero by 2045 at the latest. We are on track to reduce GHG emissions from our global operations (Scope 1 and 2) by 98% by 2026.
About Vanguard Renewables
Vanguard Renewables, based in Weston, Massachusetts, is a national leader in developing food and dairy waste-to-renewable energy projects. The company owns and operates on-farm anaerobic digester facilities in the northeast and currently operates manure-only digesters in the south and west for Dominion Energy. Vanguard Renewables plans to expand nationwide to more than 150 anaerobic digestion facilities by 2026. Their commitment to advancing decarbonization includes reducing greenhouse gas emissions from farms and food waste, generating renewable energy, and supporting regenerative agriculture on partner farms through anaerobic digestion. Vanguard Renewables is a portfolio company of BlackRock Real Assets. To learn more about the company and its energy partners, visit www.vanguardrenewables.com.
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SDGs, Targets, and Indicators
SDGs addressed or connected to the issues highlighted in the article:
- SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
- SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
- SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
- SDG 13: Climate Action
Specific targets under those SDGs identified based on the article’s content:
- SDG 7.2: Increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
- SDG 9.4: Upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable
- SDG 12.2: Achieve sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources
- SDG 13.2: Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies, and planning
Indicators mentioned or implied in the article that can be used to measure progress towards the identified targets:
- Percentage of renewable energy in the energy mix
- Investment in infrastructure upgrades and industry retrofitting
- Efficiency of natural resource use
- Inclusion of climate change measures in national policies and planning
Table: SDGs, Targets, and Indicators
|SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy||SDG 7.2: Increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix||Percentage of renewable energy in the energy mix|
|SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure||SDG 9.4: Upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable||Investment in infrastructure upgrades and industry retrofitting|
|SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production||SDG 12.2: Achieve sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources||Efficiency of natural resource use|
|SDG 13: Climate Action||SDG 13.2: Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies, and planning||Inclusion of climate change measures in national policies and planning|
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