Case Study on BP’s Cherry Point Refinery
Within recent years, many companies are looking to be more environmentally friendly but some sectors are proven to be more difficult than others. Within the energy sector, many sites, such as BP’s Cherry Point Refinery in Washington state, USA, can be seen as some of the most harmful to the environment.
In an attempt to grow their ‘renewable diesel production’, BP are investing nearly $270 million dollars to improve efficiency and reduce their emissions. According to their press release on the 4th October 2021, after half a century of work, they can provide lower carbon energy while creating jobs and reducing emissions.
The whole investment is based around three projects: The Hydrocracker Improvement Project, that will mean the refinery will be producing less carbon emissions and require less heat and therefore less energy; and The Cooling Water Infrastructure Project, that allows the refinery to be cooled in a more energy efficient way and therefore reduction in CO2 emissions. These two projects alone will reduce Cherry Point’s CO2 emissions by roughly 160,000 tons per year. Finally, the Renewable Diesel Optimization Project will more than double the refinery’s capacity to produce renewable diesel, which is manufactured from biomass-based feedstocks, such as vegetable oil and animal fats.
Although here at Pink, we sit within a very different sector, there are many influences that we can take from this case study and be aware of within our attempts to become more environmentally friendly. Firstly, the Hydrocracker project also means that the refinery will be shut down less and unnecessary processes can be avoided. We can look at this and ask ourselves whether there are processes or tasks that might be unnecessary? There might be days that we can work from home and save the miles on the car or have meetings online rather than traveling to see people. It would also be interesting to try renewable diesel and not only support BP in there endeavors to be a net zero company by 2050 but cut out CO2 emissions significantly.
Source: BP Press Release 04/10/2021: https://www.bp.com/en/global/corporate/news-and-insights/press-releases/bp-investing-almost-270m-to-improve-efficiency-reduce-emissions-and-grow-renewable-diesel-production-at-cherry-point-refinery.html