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The world of renewables this week

Denmark’s Vestas said this week that it will have zero waste wind turbines by 2040. By this it means running a value chain that generates no waste materials. This will be achieved by developing a new waste-management strategy, involving a circular economy approach in turbine design, production, service and end-of-life. The strategy will be presented within the next two years. Waste generated from turbine blades alone will be up to around 43 million tonnes cumulative by 2050. The plan is to make blade rotors out of recyclable composite materials in the future, introduced incrementally from 44% recyclable today to 50% percent by 2025, and 55% percent by 2030. Oil company Total will install and operate 20,000 new public charging points…

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