Sustainability in 2016 – how did we do?

    Every day, we make this world a better place by manufacturing world-class wind turbine blades that generate green electricity. Our business and the processes to make these blades too have become more sustainable than ever. In our Sustainability Report released in December 2017, we present our sustainability performance for the year 2016. Check out the most interesting results now!

    Today we launched our Sustainability Report: our main, annual communication describing how we manage sustainability within the business.

    As a signal of our commitment to running the business in a sustainable way, we joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) in 2010 – a voluntary initiative to implement universal sustainability principles and United Nations’ goals. Reporting on our performance annually is a key element of this commitment, because you cannot manage what you do not measure.

    This is why we have reported on our sustainability performance ever since, using the world’s most widely recognized sustainability reporting framework developed by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Since joining the UNGC, we’ve firmly anchored sustainability within our business through strategic initiatives such as our carbon neutrality pledge “CleanLM” and the Material Waste Reduction program.

    Yet, sustainability includes much more than eliminating emissions or waste. Therefore, we structure our Sustainability Report around four focus areas – Safety, Environment, Technology, and People.  

    More than a report
    Once again, we have raised the bar regarding our sustainability reporting. Reporting for us is not simply about fulfilling the reporting criteria under the guidelines of GRI and the UNGC. Rather, we strive to create a document which can be directly useful as a management tool. 

    According to CEO Marc de Jong, reflecting each year on our sustainability performance is about driving concrete changes in our business strategy.

    “Sustainability at LM Wind Power is about cleaning up our act and living our vision but it is driven by cost reduction, efficiency and business improvements,” said Marc, in his opening message of the Sustainability Report. “We have programs to maintain and improve our safety, protect the environment wherever we operate, improve our technology and develop our people. I believe that sustainability is not superficial or external to LM Wind Power. It is our business.”

    Our sustainability performance in 2016
    2016 was once again a year of important milestones in each of our four sustainability headlines.

    Did you know…

    • Safety: We managed to achieve the lowest Lost Time Accident rate in the company’s history at 1.4 accidents per million working hours, outperforming our target of 1.9. The commitment to safety by our senior management was reflected by the 27,000 safety walks they conducted during the year, compared to 20,000 in the year before.

    • Environment: Our emissions remained stable at 6.5 kilograms of CO2 per kilogram blade produced, while our energy consumption per kilogram blade produced decreased slightly to 7.1 Mega Joules. Albeit slightly lower than 2015, our Material Waste Reduction program continued to deliver a significant cost saving of €5.5 million. We also managed to increase the share of waste sent to recycling to 28%, up from 23% in 2015.

    • Technology: We launched 10 new blade designs, two more than in 2015, and increased our investments in Research and Development from €26 million to €31 million in 2016.

    • People: 90% of our White Collar employees were internally certified in anti-corruption and bribery through e-learning training, up from 19% in 2015. We welcomed employees from a variety of backgrounds, bringing the number of nationalities represented within the company to 44 in total.

    The road ahead
    Even though our 2016 Sustainability Report shows further improvements in our sustainability performance, we still need to do better in order to ‘Win the World Of Wind.’

    “We remain self-critical. We need to constantly improve on safety,” Marc said. “We need to reduce our environmental impact and manage waste better. We need to reduce our emissions. We need to invent new and more effective blades and manufacturing processes to produce them more cheaply. And we need to make the company an even better place to work.”

    That’s a lot to accomplish…It is up to all of us at LM Wind Power to make this happen!

    If you are interested in learning more about how we manage safety, environment, technology and people - download the full report here!

    Please write Chris Berkhout for more information about our 2016 Sustainability Report.

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