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Green energy for the planet and its people

Green energy for the planet and its people

Sustainability report 2021

Table of Contents
  • Sustainability at our core
  • Our sustainability priorities
  • Our progress across sustainability programmes

Green energy for the planet and its people


Accelerating the global build-out of green energy is the most important thing we can do to limit climate change. At Ørsted, our vision is to help build a world that runs entirely on green energy, and our aspiration is to become the world’s leading green energy major by 2030. But we have to deliver the accelerated build-out in a way that works for the planet and its people. Our sustainability priorities have been selected to ensure exactly that.

Science-aligned climate action


Challenge

The world is still not on track to deliver the carbon reductions needed to keep global warming below 1.5 °C. Science tells us that this is the limit to avoid the catastrophic and uncontrollable consequences of climate change.

Aspiration

By scaling our green energy business while delivering science-aligned carbon reductions, we enable and inspire others to take science-aligned climate action.

Programmes

1. Decarbonisation of energy generation and operations
2. Decarbonisation of supply chain and wholesale buying and selling of natural gas
3. Deployment of offshore wind and onshore renewables
4. Greener combined heat and power plants
5. Integrated and reliable energy systems

Read about our programmes here

SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy & 13: Climate action

Green energy in balance with nature


Challenge

Nature, and its variety of species and habitats, regulates the well-being of our planet, and it is in crisis. Building green energy is a lifesaver for nature – but it also involves environmental impacts that we need to manage.

Aspiration

We want to lead a build-out of green energy where each energy project contributes positively to a thriving nature.

Programmes

6. Biodiversity
7. Circular resource use
8. Minerals and metals
9. Sustainable biomass

Read about our programmes here

SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production, 14: Life below water & 15: Life on land

A green transformation that works for people


Challenge

The green transformation will involve and impact the lives of millions of people across supply chains and local communities, as well as the employees working to make it happen.

Aspiration

We want to lead a build-out of green energy that is inclusive and enabling, with the ability to create local benefits.

Programmes

10. Local communities
11. Human rights
12. Inclusion of diversity
13. Employee safety, health, and well-being
14. Employee development and satisfaction

Read about our programmes here

SDG 3: Good health and well-being, 8: Decent work and economic growth, 10: Reduced inequalities, 11: Sustainable cities and communities & 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

Governance that enables the right decisions


Challenge

To make business a force for good, all decisions and processes across the organisation need to pull in the same direction. This requires carefully considered business governance.

Aspiration

We want sustainability and integrity to be integrated into processes and decision-making across the organisation.

Programmes

15. Responsible business partners
16. Good business conduct
17. Responsible tax practice
18. Sustainable finance
19. Information and cyber security

Read about our programmes here

SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth, 11: Sustainable cities and communities & 16: Peace, justice, and strong institutions
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Our sustainability priorities

Science-based net-zero emissions by 2040

On this page we elaborate on our decarbonisation journey