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Drax appoints Veiga-Pestana as Chief Sustainability Officer

Renewable energy company Drax has appointed Miguel Veiga-Pestana as Chief Sustainability Officer.

In his new role, Veiga-Pestana will use his extensive experience in major global corporations and ‘not-for-profit’ organisations to support Drax develop its business.

Prior to joining to Drax, Miguel held the executive committee role of chief sustainability officer and head of corporate affairs at British multinational consumer goods company Reckitt Benckiser.

Will Gardiner, CEO of Drax Group, said he looks forward to working with Veiga-Pestana to deliver the company’s corporate strategy, including generating dispatchable renewable power, building bioenergy with carbon capture and storage facilities around the world.

 Veiga-Pestana adds, “Drax has the potential to play a significant role in tackling climate change and I welcome the opportunity to join the business at such a critical moment in its journey.”

Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage – or BECCS, for short – is the process of capturing and permanently storing carbon dioxide (CO2) that is generated during the production of electricity from sustainable biomass. The process is the only carbon removal technology that can also simultaneously generate low-carbon renewable power.

Drax has been trialing its BECCS technology at its power station in North Yorkshire, UK, for five years and has plans to scale the site to be the largest carbon removal facility in the world by 2030 – removing eight million tons of CO2 from the atmosphere every year.

Read more: Will BECCS change the carbon capture market?

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