Taking care of the rich diversity of life on Earth

All energy infrastructure is built in a unique environment where we have to do our utmost to protect the natural ecosystems. It is central that we manage environmental impacts on these ecosystems well to acquire permission to build wind farms.

Ørsted has a responsibility to protect the rich diversity of life as an integral part of the way we operate. Our expertise and reputation for protecting biodiversity enables us to win new contracts, deliver green energy and ensure that wildlife can coexist alongside our developments.

In 2018, we adopted a new offshore wind biodiversity policy. The policy is built on our long-term experience and understanding of the biodiversity challenges we face when building offshore wind farms.

The core philosophy of the policy is prevention before mitigation wherever possible. This approach remains key as we enter new markets.

Putting principles into practice

On all of our offshore wind projects, we work closely with regulators, NGO’s and other stakeholders to ensure the protection and enhancement of biodiversity where possible.
We have a global team of 60 environment and consent experts who work on our projects to study and monitor the potential impacts on the flora and fauna both offshore and on land.

Together with our stakeholders, we determine the best measures and actions required to protect the seabed, fish, marine mammals, seabirds and plants.


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Read more about how we help protect biodiversity on page 25 in the sustainability report.

Sustainability Report 2018

Accelerating the global green energy transformation

In Ørsted, we want to help accelerate the transformation away from fossil fuels to green energy. In 2018, we have increased our buildout targets for offshore wind to 15GW by 2025, enough to power more than 30 million people.
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Replacing fossil fuels with sustainable biomass

When sourced sustainably, biomass reduces carbon emissions significantly compared to coal and gas. Sustainable biomass is therefore a crucial stepping stone towards a fossil-free society.
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Cyber security is a social responsibility

Energy is vital for all parts of society, but increasingly, critical infrastructure such as energy supply is threatened by cyber espionage, cybercrime and hackers.
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Our investments in green energy bring tangible benefits to society

In Ørsted, our investments have helped power millions of people with green energy, fight climate change, and boost economic growth and job creation.