The sustainability impacts of a green energy project
Our sustainability themes analysis has identified five impact areas of critical importance to our stakeholders that we need to take into consideration when building green energy assets.
Through our strategic priorities, we seek to advance our approach to each of these. If managed right, we can deliver tangible sustainability benefits from the green energy transition far beyond generating zero-emissions energy.
Carbon emissions in renewable energy supply chains
From a life cycle perspective, wind energy emits 99 % less greenhouse gas emissions than coal power. Yet, there are still emissions tied to the manufacturing and transportation of components for green energy assets, meaning that scaling green energy will increase the total supply chain emissions from renewables. In order to maximise the climate benefits of green energy and ensure that the energy industry delivers the carbon reductions needed to align with the 1.5 ° C pathway, everyone in the industry has to play their part to reduce their emissions across scope 1-3.