The Danish turbine manufacturer plans to reduce its global carbon footprint by 55% CO2 by 2025, before eliminating its CO2 emissions by 2030 — later than two of the OEM’s rivals.

It has completely powered its factories and offices with renewable electricity since 2013, the manufacturer claimed, but will now focus on reducing emissions from transportation.

Vestas will transition to electric vehicles for its company cars and to renewable fuels for its service fleet this year.

It will also begin exploring further steps to reduce heating- and transport-related CO2 emissions from the company’s operations, it said.

The manufacturer added that it plans to announce further sustainability measures before releasing its Q4 results in February.

Vestas has also set a separate target of reducing CO2 emissions from its supply chain by 45% per MWh generated by 2030.

It will “incentivise sustainability partnerships” with supply chain companies, it stated.

Vestas has installed more than 108GW of wind turbines worldwide, and was the first turbine manufacturer to surpass 100GW of global installations.

Industry aims

Blade supplier LM Wind Power achieved carbon neutrality in 2018, becoming the first wind power company to do so.

Meanwhile, two of Vestas OEM rivals aim to eliminate CO2 emissions before the Danish manufacturer’s 2030 deadline: Siemens Gamesa aims to become carbon neutral by 2025, and GE Renewable Energy by the end of 2020.

Developer Ørsted is planning to reduce its CO2 emissions by 98% in 2025 compared to 2006 levels.

And Equinor today launched new ambitions to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from its oil plants in Norway to near zero by 2050.

Spanish giant Iberdrola pledged in 2017 to be carbon neutral by 2050.