Colleagues at Drax’s Daldowie Fuel Plant have donated over 30 bags of food and toiletries to support local foodbanks, thanks to the generosity and fundraising efforts of the team.
This donation is the latest of many that the team has made, collecting a total of over 80 bags of supplies and supporting nine different foodbanks in the Glasgow and Lanarkshire areas since the initiative began in December 2019.
Daldowie Engineer James Beveridge, who organised the donation, said: “In December 2019, we decided to set up a donation box to see if colleagues would be interested in helping local foodbanks in the Glasgow area. The response was fantastic, and we have been able to help several charities throughout the Glasgow and Lanarkshire areas. The kindness of people at our site has been incredible, with donations coming in all the time.”
In addition to the collection of food and toiletries, Day Teams Senior Operator Arek Blyskun cooked a special Polish goulash for the team on two occasions, raising £235 which was then match funded by Drax and split between three different foodbanks.
Ian Kinnaird, Drax Group’s Scottish Assets and Generation Engineering Director, said: “I’m really proud of the generosity of the team and their efforts to do something positive for the local community – continuing Drax’s long tradition of supporting the communities local to its operations.”
Ann Hunter, Volunteer at the Rutherglen and Cambuslang Foodbank, said: “Thank you to the team at Daldowie for their generous donation of items to the foodbank which will help to support those facing hard times this year. Collections from local supermarkets alone are not sufficient to keep up with the volume of goods being distributed to the needy and we tend to receive less donations in January and February, making these gifts especially welcome.
“Our distribution centres are busy and provide a vital lifeline to those in need in our community. It is only through kind people and organisations such as Drax and the team at Daldowie that we are able to carry on with this essential work.”
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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
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 4Mt 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 17 operational pellet plants and developments with nameplate capacity of 4.6Mt, which will increase to c.5Mt once developments are complete.
Drax is targeting 8Mt of production capacity by 2030, which will require the development of over 3Mt 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 mills supply around 30% of the biomass used at its own power station in North Yorkshire, England to generate flexible, renewable power for the UK’s homes and businesses.
Drax is the largest supplier of renewable electricity to UK businesses, supplying 100% renewable electricity as standard to more than 370,000 sites through Drax and Opus Energy.
It offers 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 www.energy.drax.com