ESSA | May 31, 2021
Climate change, driven by the greenhouse effect, is one of the world’s major issues that need to be urgently addressed.
Studies have found that greenhouse gas emissions from industry primarily come from burning fossil fuels for energy and greenhouse gas emissions from specific chemical reactions necessary to produce goods from raw materials.
As decision-makers, industry, and ordinary citizens, the government is held responsible for tackling global climate change.
This explains why PT Surya Esa Perkasa Tbk (ESSA), a publicly listed company operating in liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) refining in Palembang, South Sumatra, is taking part in reducing emissions to tackle global climate change.
Along with ammonia production in Luwuk, Central Sulawesi, ESSA has taken strides toward developing blue ammonia. This carbon-free fuel can be burned in thermal power stations without releasing carbon emissions.
ESSA’s subsidiary, PT Panca Amara Utama (PAU), has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to conduct a feasibility study on how to produce blue ammonia in PAU’s ammonia plant in Luwuk in cooperation with the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation and the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB).
To date, while the majority of ammonia produced in Indonesia is used as a raw material for fertilizers, plastics, and chemicals, the expectation for ammonia’s role as a future carbon-free fuel has grown considerably because it is a safe hydrogen carrier, a zero CO2 emitter during combustion and has proven delivery logistics.
All PAU’s annual capacity of 700,000 tons is expected to be converted to produce blue ammonia to support carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technology to become the first producer of this carbon-free fuel in Southeast Asia particularly Indonesia.
Furthermore, considering that Indonesia’s LPG consumption is heavily dependent on imports, the government has decided to significantly reduce and suspend all LPG imports by 2030 to reduce the trade deficit and realize national energy independence. ESSA is ideally positioned to assist the government in realizing that policy.
ZAGG Inc | February 10, 2022
ZAGG, a global leader and innovator in mobile device protection, announced a new materials partnership with Eastman to incorporate Tritan™ Renew copolyester into ZAGG’s Gear4 protective smartphone cases. Employing a revolutionary, material-to-material molecular recycling technology, Tritan Renew from Eastman offers recycled content* and reduces the use of fossil-based resources.
The partnership with Eastman will allow ZAGG to offer select cases that are more sustainable with Tritan Renew — which contains 50% certified recycled content* — while delivering the same durability and quality for which ZAGG is known. During fiscal year 2021, ZAGG’s efforts have helped divert 60 tons of plastic waste from landfills or the ocean, the equivalent of 5.86 million water bottles, and have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 51 metric tons compared to processes using fossil-based resources.
“Our mission at ZAGG is to protect better. That includes not only our mobile devices but also our environment and the world we live in. ZAGG with Tritan Renew allows users to feel confident their device is safe and they’re making a difference in the world by protecting our planet.”
Brad Bell, senior vice president of global marketing for ZAGG
Eastman’s molecular recycling technology breaks down plastic waste into fundamental building blocks to create new materials. By replacing traditional fossil feedstocks with hard-to-recycle plastic, molecular recycling diverts plastic waste from landfills and incinerators or from becoming litter in the ocean.
As a global citizen, ZAGG is carefully considering environmental improvements to packaging, product materials, manufacturing, recycling and more. The Eastman partnership reinforces ZAGG’s commitment to sustainability as the company believes there’s a better solution for plastic waste than landfills and incinerators. Current mechanical recycling programs can only accept certain types of plastic and usually result in materials that do not offer the same durability and clarity as the original materials.
“ZAGG is changing the way it thinks about, designs, and produces its mobile phone accessories, and Eastman is proud to be a part of their efforts to create products that directly benefit consumers and the planet,” said Courtland Jenkins, commercial director of specialty plastics at Eastman.
As a global leader and innovator for screen protection, protective cases, tablet keyboards, and power management solutions, ZAGG delivers 360-degree protection for the devices that connect people to their world. ZAGG draws inspiration from those who passionately seek active, creative, and share-worthy lives and empowers them to fearlessly enjoy their mobile devices. ZAGG is based in Utah and has operations in the United States, Ireland, and China. With more than 250 million devices protected globally, ZAGG mobile accessories are available worldwide and can be found at leading retailers including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Currys, and Mediamarkt.
Founded in 1920, Eastman is a global specialty materials company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With the purpose of enhancing the quality of life in a material way, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. The company’s innovation-driven growth model takes advantage of world-class technology platforms, deep customer engagement, and differentiated application development to grow its leading positions in attractive end markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. As a globally inclusive and diverse company, Eastman employs approximately 14,000 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2021 revenues of approximately $10.5 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit eastman.com.
About Eastman in the circular economy
In 2019, Eastman began commercial-scale chemical recycling for a broad set of waste plastics that would otherwise be landfilled or incinerated, or worse, end up in the environment. Eastman Advanced Circular Recycling technologies process waste plastics traditional mechanical recycling methods cannot—including polyesters, polypropylene, polyethylene, and polystyrene—derived from a variety of sources, including single-use plastics, textiles, and carpet. These technologies provide a true circular solution of endless recycling for materials, allowing them to be reused repeatedly.
Nabors Industries Ltd | March 31, 2022
Nabors Industries Ltd. magnifies its clean energy portfolio with a USD 8 million investment in GA Drilling, a pioneer ultra-deep geothermal and plasma drilling technology innovator headquartered in Bratislava, Slovakia. This strategic investment will strengthen Nabors' commitment to ultra-hot, ultra-deep rock reservoirs through deep-drilling technologies.
The collaboration aims to fast-track field commercialization and eliminate traditional economic barriers to ultra-deep projects. This will be done by integrating its innovative and contactless PLASMABIT® drilling tool into Nabors' industry-leading automated and lower-emission drilling operations. The agreement supplements GA Drilling's recent pre-series investment round, which is core than USD 20 million in new investments.
Nabors has continued implementing its energy transition strategy aimed at high-growth and low-carbon energy markets. In addition, Nabors has begun to establish several ecosystems of complementary technologies that can benefit from synergies with Nabors' overall operations and competencies through its investments in multiple clean energy ventures.
"We welcome Nabors as an investor and a strategic partner. This agreement will allow us to move faster through the final stages of PLASMABIT® development, leveraging the synergies to integrate this revolutionary drilling tool into the rig’s systems. Nabors will introduce European high-technology capacities into the U.S. market. Together, we will work toward meeting imminent demand to diversify the global energy mix rapidly. We have made another big step toward delivering on 'Geothermal Anywhere’."
Igor Kočiš, Founder and CEO of GA Drilling
Whereas Anthony G. Petrello, Nabors Chairman, CEO and President, also said: "Now is the time to invest in innovative and bold geothermal solutions that have the potential to unlock terawatts of clean, renewable and reliable energy on a truly global scale. Given the expected sharp growth in global energy consumption over the following decades, the world will require robust growth in sustainable energy supply. I am convinced that geothermal energy will be a crucial contributor to the necessary increase in clean energy generation. With our unparalleled automation and digitalization technologies drilling portfolio, Nabors intends to become a vital player in the impending expansion of geothermal energy. We look forward to leveraging the GA Drilling Centre of Excellence and integrating their technologies into our ecosystem."