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There is a problem when major production lines use massive amounts of fossil fuels, that directly contributes to climate change.

How did a world leading Norwegian fertiliser company shift gears and go green?

This week on Ticker Climate, Energy Expert Scott Hamilton and Ticker News Presenter Holly Stearnes reported on how Yara is now moving to produce Green Ammonia from renewable energy in the Pilbara, Western Australia.

Yara Pilbara (Yara) is the world’s leading ammonia and fertiliser production company with approximately 20 per cent market share of the global ammonia trade.
Yara is one of world’s biggest providers of ammonia, fertilisers and mining explosives. 

“This is going to be the biggest industrial scale green ammonia plant in the world.” 

Yara has a mission to grow knowledge to responsibly feed the world and protect the planet. Without mineral fertilizer, the would could only feed 40% of its population.

The problem with production using fossil fuels

The problem is that this production uses massive amounts of fossil fuels which contribute to climate change. That’s why Yara is moving to alternatives, like Green Ammonia.

“There is no farming on a dead planet,”

scott hamilton says.

“This is a game changer, showing the way for other companies to go green”. Holly Stearnes said to Grimes.

Yara’s Burrup Peninsula facility currently produces ammonia by using natural gas as a feedstock for its steam methane reforming process, which produces fossil-fuel based hydrogen. Now its shifting to the biggest industrial scale green ammonia plant in the world.

Further, the Smart Energy Council’s Zero Carbon Certification Scheme continues to gain traction with Yara, the latest multi-national company to sign up to the scheme.

“The Zero Carbon Certification Scheme is a certificate of origin scheme for renewable hydrogen, renewable ammonia and renewable metals. It’s an absolutely critical step in building the industries of the future,” said Mr Grimes.

“We are very happy to be part of this ground-breaking project in Australia. Certification will be essential to create a market for green ammonia,” said Sammy Van Den Broeck, Vice-President Product and Portfolio, Yara Clean Ammonia. 

Solar push for small business

Also in Australia, the state of Victoria is encouraging Victorian small businesses to reduce their energy costs by accessing the benefits of renewable energy under the Solar for Business Program.

This initiative will bring down energy bills for small businesses by reducing the upfront cost of the installation of an approved small-scale solar PV system up to 30kW.    

CEO of RACV Solar, Andy McCarthy says “it’s fantastic news” for businesses.

“It allows us to invest in more infrastructure, employees and expansion opportunities with confidence. It’s great for the environment, consumers and their business electricity bills,”

mccarthy says.

Giant renewable energy power station set for Africa

CWP Global (who was also recently featured on Ticker Climate) last week, announced it is building a massive 30 gigawatt renewable energy power station in Mauritania, north west Africa, which is located just below Western Sahara.

‘To put that in perceptive, the biggest coal power station in Victoria is 2 gigawatts,’ said Hamilton.


Jaguar Land Rover is developing a hydrogen-powered car



Jaguar Land Rover will develop a new hydrogen-powered prototype of its iconic Defender SUV

The prototype program, known as Project Zeus, is part of JLR’s larger aim to only produce zero-tailpipe emissions vehicles by 2036.

Hydrogen only emits water making it ideal for larger vehicles with longer driving ranges, according to the car-maker.

It follows the company working towards cutting its tail-pipe emissions to zero by 2036.

The venture will be partly funded by the UK Government and will begin testing by the end of this year.

The UK plans to ban car sales that run entirely on combustion engines from 2030.

JLR has also made a commitment to have zero carbon emissions across its supply chain, products, and operations by 2039.

The automaker has also tapped AVL, Delta Motorsport, Marelli Automotive Systems, and the UK Battery Industrialization Center to help develop the prototype.

The testing program is designed to help engineers understand how a hydrogen powertrain can be developed that would meet the performance and capability (like towing and off-roading) standards that Land Rover customers expect.

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Climate change hot on the G7 agenda



Climate Problems are forcing us to move

Climate change was hot on the agenda at last week’s G7 Summit in the United Kingdom.

To dissect the latest on the environment, Kristina Haverkamp from the German Energy Agency joined ticker Climate hosts, Holly Stearnes and Scott Hamilton.

Ms Haverkamp said the results from last week’s G7 Summit were “satisfactory”.

“Some say that not enough has been decided but I’ve started to see that as a pavlovian response to what’s been decided at the international level,” she explained.

Ms Haverkamp also said her company, dena, has played a fundamental role in Germany’s renewable future. But there is still a lot of work to do.

“The attitude of the German population is ambivalent. We have 80 to 90 percent support in principle… but at the same time there is strong global resistance that is delaying the necessary expansion of our high voltage transmission grids,” she said.

The G7 leaders – from the United Kingdom, United States, Italy, Germany, France Canada and Japan – have all committed to net zero emissions by 2050. G7 partners also signed a landmark joint agreement at the Summit last week.

President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen tweeted “we will do everything we can to stick to 1.5 [degrees].”

The G7 Summit comes ahead of the COP26, United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow. 

ticker Climate airs Monday 4:15pm AEST, or 2:15am EDT.

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New GPS tracker tech puts whales on the radar



Experts say the GPS tracker will pave the way for less-invasive methods of wildlife tracking

Dr Olaf Meynecke from Griffith University’s Coastal and Marine Research Centre (CMRC) shows the new device.

An Australian researcher has developed a world-first GPS technology which will make it easier to track whales in real-time, right from their phone.

Dr Olaf Meynecke from Griffith University’s Coastal and Marine Research Centre (CMRC) led the study. He says the tech could provide important environmental insights. His team will be focusing on coastal and the fine-scale movement of the whales.

“One application will be in resting and breeding areas of species like humpback whales, which use coastal waters and link behaviour to today’s threats such as vessel traffic, water pollution and risk of entanglements,” he told Ticker NEWS.

Advancements in technology


This technology will be a far cheaper option than traditional satellite transmission, and will be able to work on a mobile network. This means the technology is suitable for both short-term and long-term tracking.

“I believe this technology to have a lot of potential as the mobile network is extending and we will undertake further modification to improve the tag design itself. We are planning more deployments along the east coast of Australia and have longer deployments aiming for several days.”

Customised Animal Tracking Solutions


It will monitor migrating humpback whales using a CATS (Customised Animal Tracking Solutions) suction cup tag. The CATs device temporarily attaches to the whale’s skin.

Suction cup tags do not have to penetrate the animals’ skin. Therefore, researchers can use them for short-term and small-scale studies. This GPS technology is usually used in cars and cargo ships.

“These tags are a more cost-effective method and capture more data locations and data points over time. The principle is the same as other suction cup tags. The tag sucks onto the whale’s skin and just falls off. The whales don’t seem to notice them at all,” Dr Meynecke said.  

The tags are about 20cm long and 10cm wide. They are hydrodynamic for minimal resistance, with water-tight protections.

“Ideally for future studies, we would like to modify the tag so that the antennae is out of the water enough to transmit after the tag comes off the whale,” Dr Meynecke said. 

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