Green energy in a sustainable way


To reach net-zero emissions as required by science to limit global warming to 1.5 °C, we need to create a world that runs entirely on green energy. To do that, we need to increase the build-out of green power generation, accelerate the phase-out of fossil-fuelled power generation, increase green electrification in sectors currently running on fossil fuels, and continue to increase energy efficiency in all parts of society. And we need to speed up action, now, to do this.

The world is on the cusp of an unprecedented build-out of renewable energy. But even though this is the key solution to climate change, the deployment of renewable energy poses important sustainability challenges that we, as an energy industry, must find ways to solve. This requires that we balance the climate impacts of the transition to a global green energy system with the impacts it will have on our natural environment and societies

That’s why we work on sustainability as we do. At Ørsted, we systematically assess our key sustainability challenges every year. We base our assessment on dialogues with stakeholders about the most pressing sustainability challenges in our society and on our own experience from having transformed over a decade from one of Europe’s most carbon-intensive energy companies to a global green energy leader.

Read more about how we work on sustainability.

Ørsted and the UN Sustainable Development Goals


Our vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. Through our sustainability strategy, we advance our positive contributions to society and minimise potential adverse impacts.

Ørsted’s business aspires to catalyse change to address the climate emergency, the most pressing societal challenge of our time. Our commitment to help create a world that runs entirely on green energy is our commitment to help limit climate change, which is central to progressing action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

As a renewable energy company, we aspire to have a transformative impact on SDGs 7 and 13, while contributing to several others as well

Read more about our 20 sustainability programmes.

Sustainability report 2020

A sustainable build-out of green energy