Promoting Environmental Sustainability
What environmental ambitions do we have?
At Vestas, our entire company is founded upon the desire to drive the energy transition. We produce best-in-class sustainable energy solutions and these are powerful drivers of environmental sustainability.
Our wind turbines are powerful because they avoid CO2 emissions that would otherwise be produced in generating electricity from fossil fuels. Avoiding the emission of CO2 is crucial to mitigate climate change. Already, our more than 164 GW of installed sustainable energy have avoided more than 1.9 billion tonnes of CO2. However, we are working to realise a world entirely powered by sustainable energy.
Even though our products already are powerful drivers of environmental sustainability and essential in combating climate change, our environmental ambitions do not stop there. In 2020, we announced to be a carbon neutral company by 2030, without using carbon offsets. On top of that, we announced a highly ambitious waste goal: To produce zero-waste wind turbines by 2040. Read more about both of these at the links below.
How can sustainable energy solutions tackle climate change?
More than 60 percent of all greenhouse gases currently emitted are linked to the energy sector (UN 2020). That means we have a huge opportunity for innovation and our global transition to a fully renewable energy-system.
Currently, around 28 percent of the world’s electricity generation is derived from renewable sources (IEA 2020). With this energy mix, we will not meet the Paris Climate Agreement.
To limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, the share of renewables in the energy mix must increase to 70-85 percent by 2050 (IPCC 2018).
Rapid de-carbonisation is key if this goal is to be achieved. As the industry’s preferred partner on sustainable energy solutions, we are prepared to fuel this energy transition.