Decarbonising DG Farm Power Plants through Circular Economy

Constructing Excellence

Babcock International Group owns Devonport Royal Dockyard (DRD), operating the naval base on behalf of His Majesty’s Royal Navy (HMRN). DRD has complex marine engineering infrastructure with nuclear safety significance and is the largest naval support site in Western Europe.

There is an unprecedented amount of infrastructure work(s) taking place across the dockyard, Babcock have visionary plans to nurture decarbonisation and are passionate that these landmark investments have a positive social & environmental impact on the South West region with business opportunities and work filtering down throughout the indigenous supply chain.

As part of Babcock’s commitment to sustainability, “PlanZero40” is our carbon reduction strategy delivering regenerative design, sustainable advancements, and technical ideation. “PlanZero40” is driving extensive decarbonisation programmes across our estate, assets, and operations. It is acknowledged that circularity needs to be given provenances in the procurement process for all major infrastructure projects. To achieve this, Babcock provide vocational coaching on circular economy and life cycle assessment for its procurement team(s) to leverage value creation and retention ideas across the value chain, this thought-leading upskilling ensures that circularity, ideation, and environmental standards are built into future buying decisions.

Three Winning Facts:
  1. Carbon Insetting – Babcock embed circular economy practices into our diesel generator farm project, we minimise its environmental effects through the assessment and reduction of scope 3 emissions. We analyse suppliers’ ecosystems, prioritising works packages with a high carbon impact. We complete deep dives into the footprint of those suppliers, generating a value creation and value capture report, detailing ways for those emissions to be reduced. This thought-leading approach enables circularity, ideation, and environmental standards that are built into future buying decisions.
  2. Babcock have progressively engaged our downstream diesel generator farm value chain, we stage circular economy bootcamps to categorise and valorise waste management processes, we map out the logistics and material(s) movements of waste streams destined to landfill or incineration, we conducted waste feedstock audits and carried out waste transfer surveys with stakeholders. This enabled us to develop a circular business model to establish our complete ecosystem / waste hierarchy and induce collaboration within the supply chain.
  3. Recognising the significant benefits to be gained from more circular approaches, Babcock has positioned itself as a circular economy trailblazer at the forefront of science based sustainable fuel development to replace fossil-based fuel (white diesel) used in generators. Our procurement-led Local-Waste-to-Local-Power project is truly pioneering, a F.O.A.K development to commercially demonstrate technology and manufacturing methods needed to produce green fuel from marine industry-derived supply chain(s), displacing waste streams previously destined for landfill or