Actions speak louder than words. This decade will be judged on our ability to take the steps needed to keep global temperature rises this century to between 1.5 and 2.0 degrees Celsius, as well as deliver a fairer and more equal world. That is why as part of our Sustainability Vision 2040, we have defined ambitious objectives and our priority is to implement the necessary actions to meet them.
Action to reach climate positive emissions by 2040. Siemens Gamesa achieved carbon neutrality in late 2019 and has its climate targets verified by the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi). However, we want to go further. We are going beyond carbon neutrality and aim to become climate positive by 2040, meaning that by this stage we will be removing more CO2 from the atmosphere than we emit.
We will achieve this through a combination of actions such as microalgae that absorb CO2 from the atmosphere to hydrogen-powered reach stackers, or the commitment to phasing out the greenhouse gas SF6 and other F-gases by 2030.
Action to make our supply chain sustainable. At Siemens Gamesa, we are proud of our internal journey to carbon neutrality, and it is great to see that many suppliers are striving to reduce their impact on the environment and put in place long-term sustainable practices. The next step is to encourage these positive changes across the value chain, which is why we have developed a comprehensive framework integrating our supplier’s sustainability performance into our supplier selection and development processes.
Action to deliver a fully recyclable turbine by 2040. In 2021, Siemens Gamesa developed the world’s first recyclable wind turbine blade. One year later, the first ever commercial installation of recyclable blades took place at RWE’s Kaskasi offshore wind power project, and just one month after that the onshore model of the recyclable blade was ready for commercial use too. The RecyclableBlade is the first step towards our goal of delivering a fully recyclable turbine by 2040, ensuring that all materials in the turbine can be recycled. It is Siemens Gamesa’s goal to develop innovative and efficient technology to power the green transition, but it is also our responsibility to ensure that this technology’s lifecycle does not end when the blades stop spinning.
Circular Economy is a forward-looking concept, which means embracing an attitude of continuous review of how we consume materials and resources, how we design our products, how we adapt technology to prevent and minimize waste generation, and how we ensure the functionality of our products for longer time. By continuing to rethink processes and products through the lens of a circular economy we can deliver a better, more sustainable future.
For Siemens Gamesa, ‘it is all about integrating sustainability-thinking into all functions’. For example, one of wind energy’s greatest challenges is to make sure that the blades from the wind projects that are being decommissioned do not end in landfill. The opportunity therefore lies in finding ways to ensure these blades are either recycled or repurposed.
Dr. Nancy Bocken, Professor in Sustainable Business at Maastricht University, opens the debate: 'The most successful companies start with a circularity vision, how will they use products to make the world a better place?'
Siemens Gamesa is part of the solution. We are driving the global green energy revolution and accelerating the efforts of our partners around the world. As a company, we are dedicated to driving the United Nations’ 2030 agenda and contributing to reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets. To ensure the maximum impact, we prioritize the SDGs that are most relevant to us and focus our activities on SDG 7, 13, 5, 8 and 16.
Let’s act together, and turn climate commitments into climate justice for all.