FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享OffshoreWind.biz:The construction has started on the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm, Hywind Tampen, at Kværner Stord in Norway, Equinor said.Kværner’s assignment will include building eleven floating concrete hulls for the Siemens Gamesa 8 MW turbines on the 88 MW Hywind Tampen.“Eighty percent of the world’s offshore wind resources are located in deep water areas and are available for floating offshore wind projects. If we can use projects like Hywind Tampen to make floating offshore wind competitive with other forms of energy, the technology will be able to deliver large-scale renewable power and contribute to a more sustainable global energy supply. A floating offshore wind market will also open up considerable industrial opportunities for Norwegian industry,” [said Equinor’s president and CEO Eldar Sætre.]Equinor’s ambition is for floating offshore wind to be competitive with other forms of energy by 2030.“By using larger turbines, concrete substructures, new technology and a new assembly method, we’re well on our way toward delivering on the objective to reduce costs by more than 40% compared with Hywind Scotland. This is an important step to establish floating wind as a sustainable power supply alternative,” said Hywind Tampen project director Olav-Bernt Haga. “If more major floating offshore wind projects are realised in the future, it will be possible to reduce costs even further, and we could see a development in cost reductions equivalent to the one we’ve seen in fixed foundation offshore wind.”The Hywind Tampen project will be the first floating offshore wind project to supply renewable power for oil and gas installations. The wind farm is expected to cover about 35 percent of the annual power needs on the five platforms Snorre A and B and Gullfaks A, B and C. Located about 140 kilometres off the Norwegian coast in water depths of between 260 and 300 metres, Hywind Tampen will reduce emissions from the Gullfaks and Snorre fields by more than 200,000 tonnes per year, which corresponds to annual emissions from 100,000 private vehicles, Equinor said.[Adnan Durakovic]More: Construction starts on world’s largest floating offshore wind farm Equinor begins construction of world’s largest floating offshore wind project in Norway
Julian Poulter, chief executive at the AODP, said the leading asset owners needed support to “overcome resistance within supplier communities and the perverse incentives that exist”.“Our new indices will extend the same climate rating criteria to the whole investment chain, showing the leaders and laggards in black and white,” he said. “There can now be no escape from scrutiny further down the chain.”The new Global Climate Asset Manager Index will rate the top 50 asset managers covering 70% of the market and more than $40trn (€35trn) in investments, according to the AODP.It will assess how institutions are managing climate risk, investing in the low-carbon economy and engaging with investee companies on these issues.It will base the ratings on direct disclosure by those being assessed and/or publicly available information.Poulter told IPE it would distribute the assessment templates in the next 2-3 weeks, for asset managers and the other agents.He said a “power shift” had occurred over the past few years as the range of asset owners speaking to their fund managers about issues such as climate change had broadened, and that asset owners would be encouraging their suppliers to provide disclosure for the AODP indices.“The asset owners need this data,” he said.“In fact, we all need this data. Relative data is one of the things that makes a market more efficient. We just need to get some transparency from all of these agents.”Regulators will also benefit from the disclosure and the AODP’s rankings, according to Poulter. Having started to design this new set of indices some 6-12 months ago, the AODP said it was encouraged by the stance taken by the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).“Our whole thinking was predicated on the assumption – and we’re delighted it happened – that the FSB would keep the range of agents under its own thinking as broad as it has done,” said Poulter. The taskforce is developing a climate disclosure framework and has said it drew up a comprehensive list of stakeholders that would ensure all parts of the credit and investment chain were covered. In addition to the Global Climate Asset Manager Index, the AODP will be releasing similar assessments that rate other actors in the investment chain on the same criteria – the top 20 investment consultants, the top 20 proxy/engagement advisers and the three main rating agencies (Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch).Investment consultants, said the AODP, “are the primary advisers of asset allocation for asset owners”.“They often advise asset owners on choice of fund manager and play a key role in deciding where funds will be invested,” it said. Proxy/engagement advisers, according to the AODP, are “the route through which many asset owners engage with the market, and their votes play a critical role in determining whether companies shift to low-carbon business models”.Rating agencies, meanwhile, “have a vital role to play in assessing the long-term prospects of fossil fuel companies and the sovereign debt of countries that export fossil fuels”.In launching the new indices, the AODP hopes to help “drive change down the investment chain”.This language and focus chimes with a recent report from the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), which called on the asset-owner community to send clearer signals to the rest of the investment chain about responsible investment/environmental, social and governance issues. The top 50 asset managers and top 20 investment consultants are due to be rated on how well they manage climate risk when the Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP) later this year launches a set of indices to “turn the spotlight” on asset owners’ suppliers in the investment chain.In the autumn, the organisation will launch rankings of asset managers, investment consultants, proxy/engagement advisers and rating agencies on their approach to climate risk.The AODP already does this for asset owners, via its Global Climate 500 Index, and the new indices will be modelled on this.The fourth edition of the Global Climate 500 Index will be published in early May.
The Gunners added the Community Shield to their FA Cup success by beating a disjointed Manchester City side 3-0 at Wembley on Sunday. The challenges which lie ahead over the next nine months will of course prove significantly tougher than those offered by Manuel Pellegrini’s team, who had Willy Caballero in goal ahead of England’s Joe Hart, several other regulars missing after World Cup duty and summer signings Bacary Sagna and Frank Lampard watching on from the stands. Midfielder Mathieu Flamini is confident Arsenal’s summer additions can give the squad what was missing to finally last the distance in the ‘marathon’ race for the Barclays Premier League title next season. Wenger is keen to bring in another defender after allowing captain Thomas Vermaelen to join Barcelona, with Olympiacos’ Kostas Manolas a reported target. Chambers, signed from Southampton for £16m, has impressed in his pre-season appearances. The 19-year-old is determined to continue his progress. Speaking to Arsenal Player, Chambers said: “It has been quite a whirlwind of a few weeks. I am taking every day as it comes, just concentrating on what I am doing next. “I am really enjoying it here and everyone has welcomed me really well. I just want to play the best I can and show everyone what I can do.” Arsenal’s German World Cup winning trio are now back at the club’s Hertfordshire base, with Lukas Podolski tweeting a smiling photo of himself, Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil all in their training kit. Nevertheless, Flamini believes adding the likes of £30million Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy and promising young defender Calum Chambers show Arsenal now have the strength in depth to sustain a title challenge, which last season faded badly at the start of 2014. “We have signed a few really good players, and that is excellent for us, because we have added a lot of quality to the team – we were already strong last season, but now we have added even more,” Flamini said. “Last season was good for us, even though we did collapse (in the league) over a couple of months. “Now we are ready, with a strong team that has a lot of quality to be able to fight to the end.” Flamini added: “Of course this (win over Manchester City) will be good for the confidence to start the season, but we have to be focused because the season will be a long one, as you say here in England we must not forget that it is a marathon and not a sprint, so we have to make sure that we keep going until the end. “But to win another title after the FA Cup is obviously very positive for us and shows that we are going in the right way. “We have shown that we are very strong, now we have to be ready for the next game.” Arsenal host Crystal Palace on Saturday evening, before heading to Istanbul the following week for the first leg of what is a crunch Champions League play-off against Besiktas. Press Association
Sophomore Jordan Taylor recently earned a starting nod in the absence of forward Jon Leuer\’s against NU and OSU.[/media-credit]With the departure of forwards Marcus Landry and Joe Krabbenhoft, the “experts” did not exactly see big things for the Wisconsin men’s basketball team in 2009-10. In fact, though the Big Ten releases only the top three teams in its annual preseason polls, it was reported the media voted the Badgers ninth out of 11 teams in the conference.Well, not only has head coach Bo Ryan’s program proved everyone wrong, they’ve earned the right to be considered a major player in the national basketball landscape.With wins over two top-ten teams for the first time since 2006-07 (when they earned a No. 1 national ranking) the Badgers have moved up to the top 15 in the most recent polls.Ryan and Wisconsin began the season inauspiciously with a pair of wins over Summit League opponents in IPFW, and Oakland. However, it was a trip to paradise during Thanksgiving week that seemed to jumpstart the Badgers.UW went 2-1 in the Maui Invitational, but more importantly, the young Badgers defeated then-No. 21 Maryland. Immediately following that trip, Wisconsin shifted its focus to another ACC opponent in then-No. 6 Duke for the most anticipated game of the season at the Kohl Center.To the delight of Badger fans, the game didn’t disappoint, as Wisconsin never trailed en route to a 73-69 victory that prompted students to rush the court and hoist forward Jon Leuer on their shoulders.The Badgers went 1-1 over their next two games — including a disappointing overtime loss at UW-Green Bay — before reeling off five straight home wins.Once the calendar turned to 2010, however, Wisconsin had to go back on the road, and this time it was to a handful of Big Ten arenas.At Penn State, the Badgers easily handled guard Talor Battle and the Nittany Lions, but in East Lansing on Jan. 6, Michigan State outlasted Wisconsin in an ugly grind-it-out Big Ten battle. UW bounced back in a big way three days later.Hosting then-No. 4 Purdue, the Badgers outplayed the Boilermakers thanks in large part to the guard play of seniors Jason Bohannon and Trevon Hughes and sophomore sixth man Jordan Taylor, who combined for 57 of UW’s 73 points.simply Through the first two games without an injured Leuer, UW has shown one thing: it will win or lose by its guard play in the absence of the 6-foot-10 forward.In Evanston, strong performances by Bohannon, Hughes and Taylor led the Badgers past the Wildcats in a big 10-point road win. When Wisconsin went to Ohio State, however, the guards — especially Taylor — struggled to score, which led to a nine-point loss in Columbus.With Leuer out of the lineup indefinitely, the Badgers will simply need to tread water over the next two to six weekd..If they can, the 2009-10 version of the Wisconsin men’s basketball team could be one of the best in recent history.