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Vestas Wind Systems

For more than 30 years, Vestas has operated in the field of wind power, and is with over 50 GW of installed capacity in 69 countries the world's leading manufacturer of wind power solutions.

With the industry's most elaborate track record, Vestas continues to be relentlessly "committed to changing the worlds energy mix by providing sustainable energy solutions through sustainable operations".

Starting in 1979, on the heels of the second global oil crisis, Vestas began delivering the world's first wind turbines. Vestas recognized then - as well as now - that the dependence on fossil fuels was neither dependable nor secure. Since that time, Vestas have grown into the leading experts in wind, and have continued our inexhaustible dedication and passion towards the advancement and development of wind technology around the globe. As of 2012, Vestas has over 46.000 turbines running in 69 countries, and saves the environment for around 55 million tons of CO2 every year.

Working towards sustainable products and operations

Vestas' standards and goals in respect of sustainability and social responsibility build on recognised conventions established by international organisations such as the UN, ILO and OECD. In 2009, Vestas joined the UN Global Compact initiative and in 2011 became one of 56 companies to be invited to join Global Compact LEAD, a new "platform for corporate sustainability leadership". UNGC LEAD companies are expected to implement the "blue print" to illustrate and drive best practice in corporate sustainability. Vestas is a signatory to the Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI), and certified to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001.

Vestas has established a number of targets to improve the sustainability performance of both its operations and products. The targets to be reached by 2015 are:

  • Incidence of industrial injuries per million working hours: 0.5 injuries
  • Carbon footprint, in grams of CO2 pr. kWh: 6 grams
  • Recyclability of the turbine: 85%
  • Renewable energy as a percentage of all energy use: 55%
  • Renewable electricity as a percentage of all electricity use: 100%

WindMade™: How Social Responsibility becomes Business Development

Initiated by Vestas, WindMade™ is the first consumer label for wind energy and is designed to inform consumers about the source of the energy used to make the products they buy and thus encourage corporations to source renewable energy to run their operations. WindMade™ is driving the global adoption of wind energy and is moving the discussion from how much energy a product uses during its lifetime to the embodied energy of the product.

Launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2011, WindMade™ is backed by the UN Global Compact, Vestas Wind Systems, WWF, Global Wind Energy Council, Bloomberg, the LEGO Group and PwC. At a UN Global Compact-hosted event in New York in November 2011, additional WindMade™ pioneers were presented, including major global companies like Motorola Mobility, Deutsche Bank, Bloomberg, Method and Becton, Dickinson and Co. These pioneers are leading by example and have already procured or have pledged to procure at least 25 percent of their operations' power consumption from wind energy.