Siemens Gamesa Launches Ambitious Sustainability Vision

By Sharada Prahladrao

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Industry Trends

Sustainability can only be addressed through long-term solid commitment. Siemens Gamesa strives to operate as an environmentally sustainable and responsible business to better serve all its stakeholders, from Sustainability Visioninvestors to customers and communities. The company has raised the bar, launching an ambitious Sustainability Vision towards 2040 to ensure its contribution has the most significant impact on the future.

Among the numerous projects and initiatives, the plan outlines a way to help achieve a decarbonized economy with the goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2040, including emissions produced by the company’s whole value chain. Previously, the net-zero target was 2050. To this end, the company will pursue opportunities to achieve a carbon intensity rate of zero-emissions per MW installed without any offset compensation measures. Some of the main actions will be replacing all new and existing heating and cooling systems with zero carbon alternatives, and self-generation in the wind farms and factories.

The new targets reinforce Siemens Gamesa’s sustainability leadership by adding to several major decarbonization successes over the last months. Specifically, Siemens Gamesa achieved carbon neutrality and verified its climate targets by the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi), becoming the first renewable energy manufacturer to do so. Additionally, the company has switched to being powered 100 percent by electricity from renewable sources.

Commitment to the Circular Economy

The wind industry is still relatively young and is aware of its responsibility of finding a sustainable way to deal with wind turbine components at the end of their lifecycle. Most of the components of a wind turbine can already be recycled today, but wind turbine blades, specifically, do represent a challenge due to the materials used and their complex composition.

Siemens Gamesa actively promotes the creation of a circular economy by identifying opportunities for large-scale product recycling, making turbine materials more sustainable and improving both waste and resource efficiency. The company intends to redesign all its turbines to ensure a 100 percent  recyclable turbine marketed by 2040 and fully recyclable blades by 2030. This step marks a milestone towards a fully recyclable wind turbine value chain.

Generating a Real Impact

Siemens Gamesa is fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. The company has set ambitious targets for gender equality, pledging to increase the female representation in the workforce as well as in executive management to 30 percent by 2040.

The company focuses its social actions on actively reducing poverty in communities, fighting climate change, and promoting technological education in line with the future needs of society. These are compatible with the company’s goal of aligning its focus to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

In order to fight climate change and build a more sustainable model, it is essential to have enough trained professionals in STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics). Therefore, the company will continue promoting initiatives in schools and universities, such as its videogame Planet Rescuers, to promote STEM education with Minecraft Education Edition and universities for sustainability students worldwide to think and find solutions to fight climate change through innovation.

 

 

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