Environment

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 132 GW of installed sustainable energy have avoided more than 1.3 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 energy supply 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.

Learn more about our environmental sustainability topics

Carbon Footprint

Vestas has set targets and successfully achieved significant CO2 footprint reductions, which were realised primarily through design optimisation, reducing material requirements per kWh, and through our supply-chain.

Zero-waste

We are working actively in the development of composite recycling technologies to achieve our goal of zero-waste wind turbines by 2040 when making offshore wind turbines and onshore wind solutions.

Life Cycle Assessments

Vestas works with Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) to develop increasingly energy-efficient products whilst mitigating the environmental impacts throughout the turbine's lifetime.

Energy Payback

The energy balance of a wind power plant shows the relationship between the energy requirement over the whole life cycle of the power plant.

Materials and Rare Earths

Rare earth elements are naturally-occurring elements that, once mined and processed, can be used in a variety of industrial applications. These include permanent magnets in hybrid car motors and other high-tech applications.

Managing Chemicals

We require our suppliers to fulfill the requirements on the Vestas prohibited and restricted substance document for all products delivered to Vestas.