Responsibilities for Sustainability
The clear organisation of our sustainability activities ensures that we work together efficiently and improve continuously.
Our Sustainability Organisation
Board of Management, CSO and Supervisory Board
The E.ON Board of Management defines our sustainability strategy and has overall responsibility for our sustainability performance. We’ve designated a Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO), who oversees the sustainability activities across our company and informs the Management Board about important sustainability initiatives, developments, and key performance indicators on a quarterly basis. Leonhard Birnbaum, a member of the E.ON Management Board, has been our CSO since the end of 2017. The Supervisory Board is regularly informed by the Audit and Risk Committee of the Supervisory Board about or Sustainability performance and is also updated by the Board of Management.
Central coordination and support
The Sustainability department at corporate headquarters is involved in all aspects of our sustainability work. Its main tasks are to coordinate the planning and implementation of sustainability initiatives and monitor their progress, collect sustainability data, and conduct our annual materiality analysis and sustainability reporting. Together with the Sustainability Council (see below), it supports the business units in meeting their sustainability targets. The team also provides advice to employees on sustainability issues and strives to raise awareness across the organisation. In all these tasks it works closely with the Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) team.
Forum for exchange
The CSO also chairs our Sustainability Council. Established in 2013, the council consists of six senior managers from our corporate headquarters, units and central functions with expertise in sustainability issues. The council serves as a forum for sharing information, discussing progress toward our sustainability targets, and identifying emerging challenges. It provides advice on corporate policies relating to sustainability and periodically assesses whether our sustainability strategy is consistent with our vision, corporate strategy, and brand identity. The council also engages with outside stakeholders and helps us forge partnerships. It reports to the Management Board twice a year.
Units and central functions
Each unit's and central function’s management team is responsible for taking action to enhance sustainability and meet the sustainability targets they set for their unit or central function area. This decentralised approach enables them to contribute to our Groupwide targets for topics like climate protection and corporate governance, while also tailoring their actions to their own specific needs. Each unit and central function has sustainability staff who raise awareness, coordinate projects and initiatives, and monitor progress toward targets. They share information at regular intervals with our Sustainability Council and the Sustainability Department at corporate headquarters.
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.
Energy – from the taming of fire to the latest advance in battery technology – has transformed human society for thousands of years. Over time, energy has become more available to more people, making their lives easier and creating countless new possibilities. These advances were achieved by bold, creative, and indefatigable pioneers. Europe’s energy system is currently amid an exciting trans- formation. Energy is increasingly renewable, sustainable, and democratised: it’s being put back into the hands of the many.
We put customers at the heart of our business. By ensuring that they have a reliable energy supply. By providing them with individually tailored energy solutions. And by deepening our understanding of their needs and building lasting relationships with them. And we want all customers – individuals and families, companies and entire cities – to join us on the journey to a new energy world. To overcome its challenges and enjoy its benefits. To pioneer together in making Europe’s energy supply secure, sustainable, and climate-friendy. Our vision is to be the energy company that partners with customers to propel the energy transition, power the digital age, and empower people to be more energy-autonomous.
Leonhard Birnbaum, Chief Operating Officer – Integration