Responsibility that inspires
We want to aim high when it comes to business success – but only in harmony with natural resources, the global climate, and our corporate responsibility. Only a consistent focus on responsible, sustainable management will secure the future and creates added value for everyone involved: for customers, employees, shareholders, business partners – and the environment.
Comprehensive information about the sustainability activities we conducted and the progress we made at E.ON.
Sustainable Development Goals
We support the wide-ranging Agenda 2030 and its 17 goals – the so-called Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With the entry into force of the SDGs in January 2016, all countries and social actors are called upon to contribute to the Agenda's sustainability goals. We, too, endorse the SDGs and we are working to make a contribution toward achieving the following specific objectives.
Whether in the field of education, culture, science or business - the holistic transformation to a sustainable society is in full swing. As an energy company, we play an important role in this process - especially when it comes to climate protection. In order to make an effective contribution, we adopted a new climate strategy in 2017. Our concrete goal is to reduce our absolute CO2 footprint by 30 percent by 2030 compared with 2016. In addition, we are working to reduce the CO2 intensity of the electricity we sell by 50 percent. We know there's still a lot of work to be done. That's why we at E.ON will continue to promote sustainable action and thinking and inspire our customers with innovative ideas for the new energy world.
Dr. Johannes Teyssen, CEO
Since the end of 2017, Leonhard Birnbaum is also the Chief Sustainability Officer on the Executive Board as well as Council Chairman with the responsibility for consulting regularly with the Supervisory Board.
The energy supply of tomorrow is a completely different one than that of the past: predominantly renewable, much more decentralized, digital, much more complex. The integration of this world takes place in our intelligent distribution networks and through intelligent products. We made great progress in both areas last year, and we will continue to focus on both of these areas. But also in the provision of renewable energies, we once again achieved great success last year and connected a number of wind farms to the grid, such as our Arkona offshore wind farm, located 35 km northeast of the Baltic Sea island of Rügen. Once completed, it will have a capacity of 385 MW and will be able to supply up to 400,000 households with renewable energy via our grids. Compared to conventionally generated electricity, Arkona saves up to 1.2 million metric tons of CO2 per year.
Leonhard Birnbaum, Chief Operating Officer – Networks & Renewables