Danish wind turbine blade manufacturer LM Wind Power plans to be carbon neutral by 2018.
The company believes it will be one of the first in the wind industry to take such a step and has said that it will begin generating 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable energy throughout 2017, with the aim of eliminating and offseting the CO2 emissions from its own operations by 2018.
Since the company began blade operations in 1978, LM Wind Power has produced more than 185,000 blades, corresponding to around 77 GW of installed wind power capacity.
Chief executive Marc de Jong said: “When we signed the UN Global Compact in 2010, we argued that LM Wind Power might be the greenest company in the world with more than 20 per cent of all turbines worldwide flying LM blades.à‚
“But we also asked some tough questions ” are we really green enough?à‚ It’s a paradox that the industry has not addressed this more coherently before. Could we not reduce our own carbon footprint further and do even more to nurture the growth of wind energy globally? Our carbon neutrality ambition by 2018 is the clear response to that challenge. Our customers, our host governments, the communities where we operate and above all our employees are all behind us in this ambitious plan.”