Main insights from 2021
While green energy is paramount to limiting global warming, there are derived impacts on nature and society from manufacturing, installing, and operating green energy assets. This year, our mapping clearly revealed five key impact areas of crucial importance to our stakeholders:
- Carbon emissions in renewable energy supply chains
- Local ecosystems and biodiversity
- Circular use of natural resources
- Human rights in global supply chains
- Impacts on local communities.
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Across themes, we’ve identified four overall challenges:
- Taking science-aligned climate action
- Ensuring green energy in balance with nature
- Ensuring a green transformation that works for people
- Building governance that enables the right decisions.
These challenges define our strategic sustainability priorities. We address each challenge through our dedicated sustainability programmes to ensure we’ve the right governance and practices in place to continue advancing sustainability.
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We’ve updated our programme portfolio to reflect the results of our 2021 analysis and changes to our business. We added two dedicated programmes to address the impacts of extracting minerals and metals and to strengthen our efforts on human rights in global supply chains.
Each programme consists of the following components:
- Understanding the key challenges within the theme
- Targets and indicators
- Concrete actions towards targets
- Governance structure and policies
- Continued reporting on progress
- Defined desired impact on SDGs.
Read more about our portfolio of sustainability programmes