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Vestas aims for carbon neutrality from 2030

The Danish wind OEM wants to boost its sustainability profile and thus seeks to achieve carbon neutrality in ten years' time.

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Vestas is taking the first of several initiatives to improve its sustainability profile.

That's how the Danish wind turbine maker presents its new target to become CO2-neutral from 2030. As soon as 2025, the OEM intends to reduce its global carbon footprint by 55 percent.

Explained briefly, this emissions cut will be achieved by lowering the company's use of CO2-emitting energy sources, meaning that Vestas will start to replace its internal combustion vehicles with electric models, while service vessels will also use greener fuels. Moreover, Vestas will explore the possibilities of reducing CO2 emissions from heating and other forms of transport, the manufacturer writes in a press statement.

"At Vestas, we are proud of our shared purpose and passion to make the planet a better place and to make our work as sustainable as possible. 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," writes Vestas Chief Executive Henrik Andersen in a press release, adding:

"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."

Beyond slashing its own carbon emissions, Vestas will also demand that its subsuppliers cut their CO2 output by 45 percent per generated megawatt by 2030.

"The measurement has been chosen because it incentivizes sustainability partnerships with suppliers that both reduce CO2 emissions and allows for the continued growth of the global renewable energy sector."

"Becoming carbon-neutral in our own operations and reducing CO2 emissions in our supply chain is the next phase of our journey to ensure a more sustainable planet for future generations – which is our purpose as a company and as individuals," writes Vestas Head of Sustainability Lisa Malmquist Ekstrand and continues:

"Going beyond our promise to continue developing energy solutions that reduce CO2 emissions, we are now making sustainability part of everything we do."

Vestas writes in the statement that its goal is based on recommendations from Science Based Target, an initiative led by the Carbon Disclosure Project, United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute and WWF.

English Edit: Daniel Frank Christensen

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