Carbon neutrality - A balancing act

    LM Wind Power has pledged to go carbon neutral in 2018. In essence, carbon neutrality means having a zero carbon footprint by balancing emissions with an equal amount of emission reductions and offsets. Here is more on what going carbon neutral means and why it matters.

    In 2015, 195 world leaders signed the Paris Agreement to combat the threat of global warming by drastically cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Businesses are major contributors to global carbon emissions, so they play an equally important role in reducing their carbon footprint to tackle global warming. When we talk about a ‘carbon footprint’, what we actually mean is the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions caused by an individual, product, company, country or even the entire world. Among the most ambitious emission reduction targets is becoming a carbon neutral company, which is exactly what LM Wind Power has embarked on.

    While there has been scientific uncertainty about the causes of climate change in the past, there currently is overwhelming scientific consensus that it is hugely influenced by manmade activities, mainly resulting from burning fossil fuels and agricultural activities. As part of our daily work, we drive cars to work, use electric tools to grind blades or write emails to customers, all of which requires energy in some form. Using energy is not a problem in itself, because that energy could come from a sustainable source, such as wind, solar or hydro power. However, our world today still relies on burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas for energy generation. While using renewable energy has almost no carbon footprint, greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) are released into the atmosphere whenever fossil fuels are burnt.

    While CO2 is not necessarily a bad thing by itself, excess CO2 is. Because plants need CO2 to grow and will transform carbon dioxide into oxygen, it is actually a vital element of our lives. Only when the amount of CO2 emitted and the earth’s capacity to absorb these emissions grows out of balance, a problem occurs. When this happens, CO2 acts as a giant blanket that warms the planet and causes a host of problems, for instance rising sea levels or more frequent extreme weather events. As a business, we recognize the role we can play in cutting global emissions and inspiring the wind industry to follow the same path, which is why we will go carbon neutral in 2018.

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    Going carbon neutral

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