Why is sustainability important in the wind industry?
Expectations from external stakeholders (customers, authorities, politicians etc.) are increasing. We are expected to act in a socially and environmentally responsible way by keeping our carbon footprint to a minimum, use the best available technology, create little to no waste and work in sustainable supply chains.
By collaborating across company borders we are able to share experiences, best practices and identify innovative ways of designing, planning, building and maintaining wind farms, ensuring that, even in the early stages of a project, we consider all aspects of sustainability.
When this is done properly we can expect to cut costs and further improve environmental and social impacts. Wind energy will become even more competitive and at the same time an even more sustainable option for a low carbon future. Communicating these achievements will have positive reputational benefits for the whole wind energy sector.
What is the WindEurope Sustainability Platform?
This group is a membership-driven initiative which works together with the support of the WindEurope Secretariat. Membership is open to all WindEurope members.
Why join the Sustainability Platform?
The platform will help sustainability professionals, or similar specialists in your organisation, add value to your company’s sustainability agenda. Issues can be discussed and dealt with in an industry wide forum, saving you time and providing greater efficiency. If you don’t have dedicated sustainability resource in your organisation you will still benefit from industry guidelines and best practice on the topic.
WindEurope Discussion Papers
- Background paper on the environmental impact of wind energy – a contribution to the circular economy discussion, March 2017
- Discussion paper on managing composite blade waste, March 2017
- Paper on role of wind energy in wildlife conservation, November 2017
Meet our members
Working together we can provide the ideas for and the implementation of an industry sustainability road map that will contribute to a strengthening the wind industry in the short, medium and long-term. Many of the companies in our industry are already leading the way on corporate sustainability and only when we join forces can we reach fully embedded sustainability and reap the rewards. To find out what some of the platform members are already doing, click on their logos below.
Would you like to become part of the Sustainability Platform?
If you are interested and would like to know more please send an e-mail to [email protected]
If you have any other questions regarding your WindEurope Membership, please contact the WindEurope Membership team: [email protected]
How and when does the platform meet?
The Sustainability Platform operates as a membership-led industry initiative. The majority of communication is via virtual means, providing more time and cost efficient solutions. It holds online meetings approximately once per month. Platform members will next meet in person at the WindEurope office in Brussels in June during Sustainable Energy Week. for more information on this please email [email protected]