Protecting what is important
We as a company also have a responsibility to protect the environment and the climate. Specifically, this means that we have to make a contribution to climate protection and keep the environmental effects to a minimum.
The future is climate-neutral
We want to continuously reduce our own CO2 footprint. In 2020 we have announced new ambitious climate targets. To support the achievement of Europe’s climate targets, we intend to dramatically reduce the GHG emissions we can influence directly and to become carbon-neutral by 2040:
We will reduce our Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 75% by 2030 and by 100 % by 2040 (vs. 2019). We aim to reduce our Scope 3 emissions by 50% by 2030 and by 100% by 2050 (vs. 2019). We work towards reducing our own emissions and contribute to the smarter, more digital, and greener energy future through our energy networks and customer solutions business.
Avoiding environmental impacts
Energy management – continually looking for ways to reduce our own energy consumption – plays an important role in our environmental management and helps us reduce our GHG emissions. Our environmental management is guided by the precautionary principle endorsed by the United Nations, and we've explicitly supported the UN Global Compact's ten principles since 2005. Our objective is for our business activities to cause no environmental damage and to have as little environmental impact as possible. In order to do that, all of our units must introduce environmental management systems that are certified to internationally recognised standards. We have captured this in our Group Guidelines. These certifications require that we evaluate environmental aspects and effects and make efforts towards continuous improvements.