Wind power giant Vestas sets 2030 carbon-neutral goal

Wind power giant Vestas sets 2030 carbon-neutral goal

Wind group Vestas unveiled a target to become carbon-neutral by 2030 at the start of a sustainability push that it said will also set ambitious goals for its supply chain.

Vestas – the world’s largest supplier of wind turbines – is targeting a 55% cut in CO2 from its footprint by 2025, hitting 100% by 2030 in a move it said will be a key plank of its wider drive to become a global leader in sustainable energy.

The Danish OEM said the cuts will be achieved by its own corporate actions rather than via carbon offsets, starting with a move to electric vehicles for its company car fleet this year. While its commercial premises have been renewable-powered for five years, it will “explore further steps” for decarbonising heating and transport.

Vestas made clear the decarbonisation push will encompass its supply chain as it moves “to take full responsibility for the company’s environmental footprint”.

It will seek “sustainability partnerships” with suppliers as it seeks to cut emissions from its supply chain by 45% per MWh generated by 2030. The OEM said that metric had been chosen “because it incentivises sustainability partnerships with suppliers that both reduce CO2 emissions and allows for the continued growth of the global renewable energy sector”.

Vestas CEO Henrik Andersen said: “To remain at the forefront of the energy transition we must do even more than today to meet the growing sustainability expectations of our customers, partners, investors and employees.

“Our commitment to become carbon-neutral is the right thing to do for all of us. Together, we will not just make products that build a more sustainable planet, but we will do so in the most sustainable way possible.”

The Danish group will pursue the carbon-neutral goal under the umbrella of the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTI), which is backed by the Carbon Disclosure Project, the United Nations Global Compact, the World Resources Institute and the WWF.