CleanLM, green LM - now carbon neutral!

    It’s official: LM Wind Power is now a carbon neutral business! What does that mean for our company, our industry and our planet?

    In July 2018, LM Wind Power achieved what no company in the wind industry has achieved before: We are now a carbon neutral business! What does that mean for our company, our industry and our planet?

    We’ve been on the sustainable business pathway since 2015 – a commitment to ‘walk the talk’ and live our company vision, ‘Together, we capture the wind to power a cleaner world’. 

    This commitment enjoys the unified support of everyone in our company, from our Chief Executive, to our colleagues producing blades in plants and offices around the world.

    “CleanLM proved that greener business is leaner business, contributing to profitability and making the world a better place!” said Christopher Springham, Vice President, Global Communications and Sustainability. “We achieved carbon neutrality together – and with more than 10,000 passionate advocates to tell that story, we now have a chance to inspire real change in our industry and beyond.”

    The big idea?
    The main idea is that we should take responsibility and clean up the mess we make, to protect our planet. We should reduce our emissions of greenhouse gases and compensate for harm done. 

    As a wind energy company, it makes sense to design our products with their whole life cycle impact in mind.  And it certainly makes sense to power our business with renewable energy.  Thus, our CleanLM program was born in December 2016, when we pledged to take LM Wind Power Carbon Neutral in 2018. Now, we’ve achieved it!

    By taking this step, we took the lead across the entire wind industry. Now, we will share how we did it and challenge other companies to follow our lead.

    What is carbon neutrality?
    Carbon neutrality is influenced by a global agreement on greenhouse gas reporting – the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.  It refers to having a net zero carbon footprint, by balancing emissions with an equal amount of reductions and offsets.

    Almost everything we do releases emissions: transportation, energy consumption and our industrial processes used to make blades. The carbon neutrality concept may be extended to include other greenhouse gases (GHG) measured in terms of their carbon dioxide equivalence (CO2e) — the impact a GHG has on the atmosphere expressed in the equivalent amount of CO2.

    Carbon neutral is sometimes referred to as ‘climate neutral’ – the terms are interchangeable.

    How did we achieve it?
    Achieving carbon neutrality began with a close look at our sustainability data – How much electricity do we use? How much waste do we dispose of? How much do we travel? The list goes on.

    At 41% of emissions in 2016, we soon realized that electricity usage across our company was the first area we needed to take on. We analyzed our energy use all over the world and planned to switch to 100% renewable energy, through a combination of energy generated ourselves and power purchase agreements (PPAs). 

    “We have identified savings on our energy bills through close scrutiny of our energy use in plants and facilities – and these savings more than cover the costs of the Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and carbon offsets we bought to offset our remaining emissions,” said Lene Mi Ran Kristiansen, Senior Manager, Global Communications & Sustainability.

    Lene continued: “We expect to achieve further savings through our switch to PPAs for renewable energy and as we buy electricity derived from wind energy, we create further demand for our products. Finally, our carbon offsets are acquired from projects which themselves foster the use of renewable energy while supporting local communities with further benefits such as education, or jobs.”

    Carbon neutrality achieved – what next?
    We won’t stop now. Carbon neutrality is the ongoing balance between the amount of carbon released in our business, with an equivalent amount we offset.  Starting with a close look at our electricity usage revealed major savings on both costs and emissions.

    Imagine what we could achieve if every LM Wind Power employee took on the challenge – What can I do to reduce the emissions from our activities and process? How can I reduce our impact on the planet?

    Stay tuned for more stories from colleagues around the world who are doing just that!

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    07-12-2018 12:00:00 | twitter

    Start your weekend with this beautiful story from @CNN - Winds of Change: The Future of Energy in Europe - featuring our talented blade engineers! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvw4kTLy55Y
    07-12-2018 11:26:25 | linkedin

    Start your weekend with this beautiful story from CNN - 'Winds of Change: The Future of Energy in Europe' - featuring talented LM Wind Power blade engineers in Denmark! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvw4kTLy55Y #WeKnowBlades
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    07-12-2018 08:00:00 | twitter

    CNN's latest short film, "Winds of change: the future of energy in Europe", is out. And LM Wind Power experts in Denmark have a starring role! Watch the video to learn more about how our advanced technology is delivering bigger blades for a better world! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvw4kTLy55Y
    07-12-2018 08:00:00 | linkedin

    Six months of hard work from GE and LM Wind Power colleagues has paid off with stunning results. CNN has launched its latest short film, "Winds of change: the future of energy in Europe", this week. And LM Wind Power experts in Denmark have a starring role! Watch the video to learn more about how our advanced technology is delivering bigger blades for a better world! https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6475484903260585984/
    06-12-2018 14:24:20 | twitter

    Congratulations to our very own CEO, Duncan Berry: one of 2018's most influential and interesting people, according to @windpower_m! Read: windpowermonthly.com/article/151924…
    06-12-2018 14:17:53 | linkedin

    Congratulations to our very own CEO, Duncan Berry: one of 2018's most influential and interesting people, according to Windpower Monthly!
    30-11-2018 11:38:38 | linkedin

    Can we bring our emissions to zero? No. After reducing as much as we can, we invest in carbon reduction projects to offset the rest. Learn about Mytrah Energy in India, where environmental and community benefits go hand-in-hand #CleanLM #LMbalance
    30-11-2018 11:27:33 | twitter

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    29-11-2018 11:45:00 | linkedin

    We're energized about efficiency! And, our Dabaspet, India factory is setting the pace - reducing carbon dioxide emissions and saving on their energy bills. See how much they saved. #CleanLM #lmbalance
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