Our sustainable approach

As the most sustainable energy company in the world, we’re on a radical journey towards decarbonisation.

By 2025, we will be the first major energy company to reach carbon-neutral in our energy production and operations. We’re also the first energy company in the world with a validated net-zero target, verified by the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

But we’re not stopping there. By 2040, we will address the emissions that come from outside our walls and reach net-zero emissions in our full value chain – a decade ahead of science-based decarbonisation targets set by the UN for limiting global warming to 1.5°C.

While reducing our emissions is crucial for tackling climate change, we also recognise that the global build-out of green energy must occur in balance with nature.

At Ørsted, we have an ambition that all new renewable energy projects we commission from 2030 onwards (at the latest) should deliver a net-positive biodiversity impact. We’ve already started rolling out a series of biodiversity initiatives in our offshore wind assets around the globe – and we’re just getting started.

Sustainability end-to-end

Our approach to sustainability reflects how our business is interlinked with nature and society. In our experience, adopting a stakeholder perspective is the best way to inform and prioritise our strategic direction on sustainability.

Over the years, we’ve developed a systematic approach for identifying sustainability themes and underlying challenges, and for integrating sustainability into our business through dedicated sustainability programmes.

In 2021, we identified five key impact areas to be addressed in the process of manufacturing, installing and operating green energy assets:

  • 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

Explore some of our sustainability initiatives

At Ørsted, we want to create a world that runs entirely on green energy, but we want to do so in a sustainable way.

The build-out of renewable energy is a critical lever in tackling climate action. And the green build-out, with sustainability at its heart, holds unprecedented opportunities to create growth in economies, revitalise local communities, and have a net-positive impact on biodiversity.

We're hard at work to realise this vision. And while we don't have all the answers, we're being transparent and ready to share what we learn on the way.