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LM Wind Power plans to go carbon neutral by 2018

Published 29 December 2016

Danish wind turbine manufacturer LM Wind Power has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2018.

The company plans to source 100% of its power needs from renewable energy sources during 2017.

It aims to reduce its own carbon emissions with this step and it claims to join an exclusive group of corporate companies which have committed to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.

LM Wind Power’s new carbon neutral plan, named ‘CleanLM’, includes reduction in the company’s carbon emissions through operational efficiencies, using 100% renewable electricity and offsetting remaining emissions through carbon credits.

For operational efficiencies, the company plans to launch a new internal initiative to reduce energy consumption and waste.

According to its new plan, LM Wind Power aims to source renewable energy particularly from wind, in conjunction with partners and customers.

It also plans to build low carbon sustainable development through the delivery of clean and renewable energy for communities in the developing countries.

LM Wind Power CEO 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% of all turbines worldwide flying LM blades.  But we also asked some tough questions - are we really green enough? 

“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." 

Since 1978, LM Wind Power has produced more than 185,000 blades, which corresponds to approximately 77 GW of installed wind power capacity.

Image: LM Wind Power plans to become carbon neutral by 2018. Photo: Courtesy of LM Wind Power.