Our contribution to climate protection
With generation from renewable energy sources, we are contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
We are proud of our success so far in reducing emissions from electricity generation. Much has happened over the last years: VERBUND has already ceased using lignite (2006), oil (2015) and hard coal (2020) as fuel and counts as one of the early movers among electric utilities. These measures and an increase in renewable generation have contributed significantly to improving the company's greenhouse gas inventory.
95% of the electricity generated at VERBUND, already originates from hydropower and wind power. As it is still necessary to use thermal power plants to provide grid support and district heating, the remaining 5% share of generation originates from thermal power plants. The specific greenhouse gas emissions for these production volumes are getting reduced. Thus, VERBUND contributes to avoiding and reducing emissions and to SDG 13 “Climate action”.
We analyse opportunities and risks of climate change
Our Climate Report addresses the issue of climate change and its significance for VERBUND. We examine the regulatory framework relevant to us, such as the Paris Agreement and the European Green Deal.
For VERBUND it is a key issue to deal with the impacts of climate change. The Climate Report illustrates this with meteorological models, the management of extreme weather events and examples of projects. In addition to challenges and risks, the report highlights opportunities emerging through the expansion of renewable energy and the decarbonisation of the energy sector. By implementing our Strategy 2030, we want to seize these opportunities and contribute to achieving the climate targets.
Our reporting standards
We calculate GHG emissions in accordance with international standards such as the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. Auditors check and verify these calculations. The results are published in the integrated annual report, with further details in the NFI download on our website.
VERBUND presents the management of risks and opportunities of climate change, the organizational implementation and concrete goals and measures via CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) since 2006. CDP runs a disclosure system concerning self-reported environmental data for companies, cities, states and regions worldwide.