Safety, environment, technology, people

    Our four Sustainability focus areas

    Sustainability in focus

    In everything we do, we strive to align our activities with the needs and requirements of our stakeholders and the world around us.  We structure our efforts within four focus areas: Safety, Environment, Technology and People.

    We defined and adopted the focus areas when we joined the UN Global Compact (UNGC) in 2010. Since then, we report on our performance under each area in the non-financial section of our Annual Report and in the annual Communication on Progress to the UNGC.

    Throughout the year, our colleagues share stories that reflect our activities within each of the focus areas. You can read some of them here.

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    Safety

    When we talk about Safety in the context of sustainability, it covers a wide range of elements. Safe people, safe products, safe processes and even supply chain management. In short, it’s our way of saying that we care for the people and partners we interact with and that you can rely on us to manage our risks and impacts, always striving to continuously improve. For a company with more than 6,000 people worldwide, a big Safety element is of course to ensure their well-being and minimizing occupational hazards or strains. We operate according to the strictest safety rules and procedures, often exceeding national requirements.

    But Safety also means having safe and reliable processes and supplier management to ensure a consistent high level of quality. The LM Production System based on LEAN principles helps provide safety in the workshops, keeping things in their proper place and organizing workflows to ensure quality production with the most efficient utilization of people and resources. It’s all interlinked.

    65% Decreased rate of Lost Time Accidents (LTA) Since 2011
    20,000 Safety walks conducted 2015
    1.9 Record low LTA rate per million work hours 2015
    Wind turbine in a bright landscape with yellow flowers. Wind farm is Jiujiang Changling located in Jiangxi Province south of China.

    Environment

    Our blades produce clean electricity every day on thousands of wind turbines all over the world. As such they are already contributing greatly to a more sustainable planet. However, manufacturing, assembling and transporting the blades requires resources and energy and produces waste.  We want to reduce our environmental impact in all aspects of the product’s lifecycle and continuously introduce efficiencies and innovative solutions in our manufacturing processes.

    We work internally and with our suppliers on optimizing our material consumption to cut waste and cost. All facilities have targets for reducing energy and water consumption and continuously implement solutions to reduce their carbon footprint and cost. We do travel as part of collaborating and meeting our customers and partners, but we aim to keep travel at a minimum to keep the environmental impact and cost down. A wind turbine blade creates clean energy for 20+ years. At product end of life, you can either dispose of them through combustion, turning the blade into fuel for power generation or send them to landfill. From an environmental perspective, this is not ideal and we work in various partnerships, like the Danish multi-stakeholder project GenVind, to develop more environmentally-friendly disposal methods.

    5.9 Million euros saved from waste reduction program 2015
    23% Of total waste went to recycling 2015
    3.8 Savings ideas per employee implemented 2015

    Technology

    Our product is our biggest Sustainability asset. Every day, our engineers work hard to create longer and lighter blades that extract more energy from the wind and reduce the cost of energy. It never stops. We develop add-ons, new materials, and innovative solutions that increase blade reliability and performance, while reducing the environmental impact of our processes and activities. In every aspect of the blade life cycle, we carefully consider how we can protect them better and find new ways to enhance their performance.  The seemingly simple, white structures embody more than 35 years of knowledge and continuous research and development, and we are determined to be the leader in this field for many years to come through further scrutiny of our technology platform and innovation.

    8 New blade prototypes, a record for a single year 2015
    9,500 Blades produced in one year 2015
    5+ Significant material and technology innovations to boost AEP and reliability 2014

    People

    LM Wind Power employs more than 32 different nationalities in our plants and offices around the world. We see this diversity as a great strength and an important aspect of our corporate culture which spans locations on four continents and nine different countries.  People are at the heart of everything we do, from the employees in our plants to the families and citizens of the local communities in which we operate.

    We want to be employer of choice and believe in promoting a culture of communication and values based leadership. Empowering our people is the best investment we can make. Their ingenuity and passion is what sets us apart from other great companies and we provide extensive training, development and feedback to ensure the employees are equipped to contribute to the company’s goals. Our employees are also a strong force for good in their local communities. They are often highly engaged in a wide range of activities from charity donations, support for education, disaster relief, and collaborations on community development projects with NGOs.

    6,632 Employees worldwide 2015
    1,400 Plant leaders trained  2015
    32 Different nationalities employed 2015
    Sustainability Stories

    A job at the top

    Focus on: People

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    Award for cleaner production

    Focus on: Environment

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    From sites, to factories

    Focus on: Safety

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    Saving time with 'Easy Plug'

    Focus on: Technology

    Employee at work. LM Wind Power production facility in Lunderskov, Denmark
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    Health and safety around the world

    Focus on: Safety

    Aerial photo of blue sky. Anse-a-Valleau wind farm in Quebec, Canada. Total capacity of wind farm is 100.5 MW. GE turbines.
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    Launching Canada's longest blade

    Focus on: Technology

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    Saving energy costs

    Focus on: Environment

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    Build a better wind turbine

    Focus on: People

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    Giving hope in China

    Focus on: People

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    Focus on: Technology

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