Drax donates £50,000 to Movember to support men’s health

Renewable energy company Drax has donated £50,000 to men’s health charity Movember.

The donation follows over 700 Drax employees expressing their support for Movember throughout the last month, by either growing moustaches or taking photos of themselves with a fake moustache prop.

The donation will help Movember continue to campaign to raise awareness of men’s mental health, rates of male suicide and of the threat of prostate and testicular cancer.

Each year Movember sees people across the globe encouraged to ‘grow a mo’ to show support for the charity’s goals, men’s health and a healthier world.

Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire had the highest number of employees across Drax Group participating in Movember activities, with over 400 colleagues, including apprentices, engineers, the senior leadership team and more, expressing their support by sharing photos and stories.

Bruce Heppenstall, Plant Director, Drax Power Station said:

“Movember is driving much needed change and opening up vital conversations around men’s health. I was proud to see so many colleagues across Drax Power Station and the wider business getting involved in supporting the organisation and hope that we can get even more colleagues involved next year.

“Drax is committed to giving back to the communities where we operate through a number of initiatives including the company’s charitable entity Drax Foundation. This donation will help Movember to continue doing its critical work.”

Movember has been actively campaigning for 20 years and has funded over 1,300 men’s health projects around the world. It continues to conduct men’s health research and transform the way health services reach and support men.

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About Drax

Drax Group’s purpose is to enable a zero carbon, lower cost energy future and in 2019 announced a world-leading ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) technology.

Drax’s around 3,000 employees operate across three principal areas of activity – electricity generation, electricity sales to business customers and compressed wood pellet production and supply to third parties. For more information visit www.drax.com

Power generation:

Drax owns and operates a portfolio of renewable electricity generation assets in England and Scotland. The assets include the UK’s largest power station, based at Selby, North Yorkshire, which supplies five percent of the country’s electricity needs.

Having converted Drax Power Station to use sustainable biomass instead of coal it has become the UK’s biggest renewable power generator and the largest decarbonisation project in Europe. It is also where Drax is piloting the groundbreaking negative emissions technology BECCS within its CCUS (Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage) Incubation Area.

Its pumped storage, hydro and energy from waste assets in Scotland include Cruachan Power Station – a flexible pumped storage facility within the hollowed-out mountain Ben Cruachan.

The Group also aims to build on its BECCS innovation at Drax Power Station with a target to deliver 4 million tonnes of negative CO2 emissions each year from new-build BECCS outside of the UK by 2030 and is currently developing models for North American and European markets.

Pellet production and supply:

The Group has 19 operational pellet plants and developments with nameplate production capacity of around 5 million tonnes a year.

Drax is targeting 8 million tonnes of production capacity by 2030, which will require the development of over 3 million tonnes of new biomass pellet production capacity. The pellets are produced using materials sourced from sustainably managed working forests and are supplied to third party customers in Europe and Asia for the generation of renewable power.

Drax’s pellet plants supply biomass used at its own power station in North Yorkshire, England to generate flexible, renewable power for the UK’s homes and businesses, and also to customers in Europe and Asia.


Drax supplies renewable electricity to UK businesses, offering a range of energy-related services including energy optimisation, as well as electric vehicle strategy and management.

To find out more go to the website energy.drax.com

To find out more information about the Drax Foundation go to the website www.drax.com/community