Sustainable Solutions

For a Net Zero Future

Our Purpose & Mission

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We are committed to sustainable and responsible energy system innovation and progress for our planet, its people, and its ecosystems.

Additionally, we align our operations, strategy, culture and day-to-day operations to support the Ten Principles of Human Rights, Labor, Environment and Anti-Corruption as a participant of the United Nations Global Compact.

Furthermore, B&W’s business activities support the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board framework for Construction and Engineering Services.

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Environmental

B&W is committed to helping preserve our earth’s natural resources while meeting the growing demand for clean energy, decarbonization, renewable waste-to-energy, biomass and environmental technologies and services.

Social

We are a company built and sustained by employees with curious minds and persevering wills. We work hard to earn the trust of our customers, investors and the communities we serve by safely delivering value with the highest level of ethics and integrity.

Governance

We continue to implement sustainable business practices into the strategy, culture and day-to-day operations of our company.

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Principles for a Sustainable Future

The United Nations Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, bringing together more than 8,000 companies and 4,000 non-business participants from more than 160 countries.  Included herein are The Global Compact’s Ten Principles, which serve as universal values for a principled approach to responsible, sustainable business practices.

B&W believes there is great strength in collaboration with other organizations, institutions and peers who share a vision for a better tomorrow. Our leadership team has voiced their commitment – and asks employees to embrace these values and actively join forces to respect and support human rights, ensure integrity in business, and help build a sustainable future for all.

TEN PRINCIPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL COMPACT

Human Rights

1. Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and

2. make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.

Labor

3. Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;

4. the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor;

5. the effective abolition of child labor; and

6. the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

Environment

7. Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;

8. undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and

9. encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.

Anti-Corruption

10. Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

A Better and More Sustainable Future for All

We support the Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nation's 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda includes 17 goals and an urgent call-to action for a global partnership toward a common purpose. Sustainability is at the heart of B&W’s products and technologies. And, we are committed to doing our part for today, tomorrow and future generations. 

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Be a Part of the Solution

For a Net-Zero Future

Clean Water & Sanitation

Waste-to-energy plants generate clean water from waste.

For example, at the Amager Bakke plant in Copenhagen, 100 million litres of water is extracted from 400,000 tonnes of waste through flue gas condensation. The cleaned water obtained from municipal waste has lower nickel, chrome, arsenic, cadmium, copper and zinc limit values than the city's drinking water.

Also, B&W's waste-to-energy technology is a clean and sustainable alternative to waste landfills, where toxic leachate can cause ground water pollution.

Additionally, our SPIG™ dry cooling systems are designed with water preservation in mind. This environmentally sound technology features no hot water discharge, using only the ambient air for cooling without the need for water.

Affordable & Clean Energy

Two tons of waste equals one ton of coal. Four tons of waste equals one ton of oil. That’s a lot of energy to throw away in a landfill.

Waste-to-energy isn't just trash disposal. It's a way to recover valuable resources from waste. At customers' plants, almost 100% of the energy contained in the processed waste is recovered. A waste-to-energy plant converts municipal and industrial solid waste into electricity and heat for district heating systems – an ecologically sound, cost-effective means of energy recovery.

Battery storage technology allows power utilities, industrial and commercial users to take advantage of storing and dispatching cleaner, more affordable power from renewable sources. Through our agreement with Eos Energy Storage, the Znyth® battery energy storage system is a safe and reliable alternative to lithium-ion battery technology. It’s ready to help accelerate and scale the clean energy transition.

Decent Work & Economic Growth

B&W has a zero-tolerance approach toward work-related injuries.

It's taken seriously and is ingrained in our daily work culture. We have implemented a comprehensive Target Zero safety program with a focus on proactive actions and tracking leading performance indicators.

Safety commitment is important for all of us. For example, everyone, both employees and contract workers, have Stop-Work Authority. They have the responsibility and obligation to stop work when a perceived unsafe condition, act, error, omission or lack of understanding has the potential to result in an accident.

Sustainable Cities & Communities

Waste-to-energy is a vital part of a sustainable waste management chain. It complements recycling.

Emissions from our facilities are healthier to breathe than the air in many cities. And, waste-to-energy plants can serve as a cornerstone in the local community.

In Florida, USA, the Palm Beach Renewable Energy Facility provides enough electricity for 30,000 homes using local refuse-derived fuel and waste-to-energy that would otherwise be landfilled. Copenhagen, Denmark's Amager Bakke waste-to-energy plant serves an urban recreational facility, with both a roof-top ski slope and the world's highest climbing wall.

A major contributor to Delhi, India's chronic winter pollution is post-harvest rice straw burning in surrounding agricultural communities. The Faridkot and Firozpur biomass-to-energy plants in Punjab help lessen the effects of air pollution in the Indian capital by controlling harmful emissions. Each plant generates 75MW of electricity from biomass that until recently was burned in open fields. Rural farmers generate income by selling their rice straw as a biomass fuel.

Climate Action

Waste-to-energy is one of the most robust and effective alternative energy options for reduction of CO2 emissions and other greenhouse gasses.

Energy use accounts for over 73% of global greenhouse gas emissions. In Europe alone, waste-to-energy produces about 39 TWh of electricity and 90TWh of heat, saving approximately 50 million tonnes of CO2 emissions that might have been emitted from fossil fuel energy generation.

Also, processing waste at waste-to-energy plants rather than depositing it at landfills prevents the production of methane, a much more potent greenhouse gas than CO2. Furthermore, metals and minerals recycled from waste-to-energy processes prevent the unnecessary extraction of primary raw materials and the fuels needed for their extraction.

Beyond renewable energy, B&W Environmental provides a complete suite of technologies for carbon control, wastewater treatment, particulate, mercury, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxides, acid gas and other emissions.

Partnerships for the Goals

B&W maintains long-term partnerships with customers, suppliers, partners and other stakeholders to develop and deliver more efficient and cleaner solutions.

Through our strategic partnership with Eos Energy Storage, B&W markets, sells and services Eos' innovative, patented Eos Zynth® zinc battery energy storage to its global customer base.

Additionally, we license our waste-to-energy technology to partners in Asia. This allows B&W plants to be economically viable in middle- and low-income countries. So far, our partners have built over 30 plants in China, India and Southeast Asia. Municipalities benefit from sustainable waste management and clean energy generation while communities benefit from improved air quality.