We take a lifecycle perspective to all our activities, and we are committed to reduce the environmental footprint throughout our value chain. With a responsible business as our starting point, we will act to the benefit of our employees, partners, and society at large by practicing sustainability, health, and safety in all our conduct.
Through our operations, we shall contribute to sustainable use of the environment – by reducing potential impacts from our operations and exploring ways to support biodiversity protection and restoration. We also aim to reduce waste generation impacts from marine plastics, for example, and look to develop ways of reuse and recycling of the future decommissioned components of an offshore wind farm.
COMMITMENT TO DEVELOPMENT GOALS
At Aker Offshore Wind, we adhere to the UN Global Compact Principles on environment, labor and human rights, anti-corruption and sustainability.
We also align our business with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. The goals provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. This figure demonstrates some of the sustainability goals where we believe we can have the most impact and where we seek to contribute positively.
We aim to be transparent about our work and our sustainability results. We will openly share data and report on these in the annual report, adhering to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards.
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Partnering for solutions to blade recycling
Scrap glass fibre is a challenge not only for the wind power industry, but for all industries reliant on glass-reinforced polymer composite materials in their production and manufacturing. As a result, Aker Offshore Wind has entered into a collaboration with The University of Strathclyde on the recycling of wind turbine blades.
The unique process developed by Strathclyde enables recovery and post-treatment of glass fibres from scrap to near-virgin quality glass fibres. Drawing on decades of industrial innovation and operationalising novel technologies, Aker Horizons and Aker Offshore Wind will contribute with funding and relevant competencies to bring the solution into an industrial setting. Furthermore, broad expertise in chemical processing and carbon capture within the wider Aker group will ensure the industrialisation to be safe and sustainable.
There are other recycling processes under evaluation globally, but none are more advanced right now than the Strathclyde glass fibre recycling process. This advanced recycling project has a current timeline of three years, where the final stage is likely to be a pilot plant.