In Aker Offshore Wind we are committed to powering a renewable energy transition that is aligned with the 1,5C-degree target for climate change and within our planetary boundaries. We aim to drive a fair and inclusive energy transition by delivering competitive projects that will create jobs and add value to communities where we operate. As a Planet Positive company we will reduce our emissions and environmental impacts and include climate and nature positive solutions in our projects. We will do this through:
Emissions: We will reduce more emissions than we produce and aim to go beyond net zero with emission cuts through our operations and supply chain by 2030.
Circular Economy: We will contribute to developing a circular economy and aim for zero waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling, and reuse of materials throughout our value chain.
Biodiversity: We will actively work to protect, preserve, and restore the environment and biodiversity, and ensure that we have a net positive environmental footprint.
Read more about our commitments to a sustainable future in our Sustainability Policy
At Aker Offshore Wind we aim to be transparent about our sustainability results and how we measure progress. We will openly share data and report on these in the annual report, in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standard
Developing solutions for blade recycling
Today wind turbine blades are reduced to waste at the end of their life expectancy, creating environmental problems and wasting a potential resource. To solve this problem 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. Scrap glass fibre is a challenge both for the wind power industry, and also for all industries reliant on glass-reinforced polymer composite materials in production and manufacturing. With this new method we will create a circular value-chain where waste is turned into a new resource.
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. The project has a current timeline of three years, where the final stage is likely to be a pilot plant.