Coal is seen as a controversial resource due to environmental concerns, so many companies are looking for alternative energy sources that will please the environmentalists who have deemed coal a hazard. One power plant in particular is burning discarded Hennes & Mauritz clothes instead of coal, and they plan to become fossil free by the end of 2020.
H&M has teamed up with Malarenergi AB, a combined heat and power station in Stockholm, Sweden. The two are using each other to benefit one another. “For us it’s a burnable material,” head of fuel supplies Jens Neren said. “Our goal is to use only renewable and recycled fuels.”
Malarenergi had their last coal shipment brought in by boat Tuesday evening and plan to look to a more environmentally friendly relationship with H&M.
“H&M does not burn any clothes that are safe to use,” Johanna Dahl, the Head of Communications for H&M told Bloomberg. “However it is our legal obligation to make sure that clothes that contain mold or do not comply with our strict restriction on chemicals are destroyed.”
It should come to no surprise that Sweden is one of the most eco-friendly countries in the world. According to Axios, the country relies on hydro, nuclear and wind plants as its main source of power.
Malarenergi plans to use others flammable items as a fuel source as well. According to Fortune, the company plans to use materials such as wood, recycling and trash.
Just this year alone, Malarenergi has burned 15 tons of H&M clothes and over 400,000 tons of trash. Europe has been slowly moving to a more “green” way of life. Multiple Scandinavian countries have been trying to become the first not to rely on fossil fuels.
Since Malarenergi has turned to an alternative source of energy, the company has announced they have powered over 150,000 houses. President Trump has long been a big supporter of the coal industry in America.
Newsweek reported the Trump administration is looking to find a way to bail out the floundering coal industry. One idea would be adding monthly surcharge to energy bills to reach an $11 billion bailout.