Corporate responsibility report 2018

A greener, more prosperous UK

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We believe in a world that runs entirely on green energy. As the global leader in offshore wind, we are now also active in solar and onshore wind. In addition, we are developing recycling and bioenergy plants and operating battery storage units, as well as providing green energy services for businesses and industry.

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The UK is pivotal to our vision. Our 11 wind farms already supply enough electricity for over 3.2 million homes – and this will increase to over 5.5 million homes in the next four years. Onshore, we are commissioning a recycling and bioenergy plant in Cheshire – the first of its kind in the world. We are pioneering commercial energy storage in Merseyside and helping businesses up and down the country to save energy, costs and carbon.

A global purpose with local impact

To date, we have invested £9.5 billion in UK offshore wind infrastructure, with a further £3.5 billion in the pipeline up to 2021. In this report, we show how our investments have supported the regeneration of the country’s industrial regions, with multiplying benefits across the UK.

With the opportunity to deliver a green energy future for the UK comes the responsibility to have a positive impact at all levels of our business. Whether through investing in our communities, championing diversity and inclusion or taking steps to ensure our own operations are greener, we take our responsibility seriously. And nowhere more so than in striving for the safety and wellbeing of our employees.

Behind our UK investment is a workforce of talented people who believe in our purpose. We seek to create fair, inclusive and rewarding jobs, in turn strengthening the communities where we’re based. We do this while continually deepening our understanding of our interaction with the natural environment.

 

Ørsted UK 2018 highlights

  • Volunteering policy for all UK staff introduced
 
  • Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee introduced
  • All-time low lost time injury frequency
  • Above international average for employee satisfaction, motivation and loyalty
  • Our first standalone battery system
  • Walney Extension, the world’s largest offshore wind farm, opened
  • Ørsted’s East Coast Hub, the UK’s largest offshore wind operations and maintenance base, opened in Grimsby
  • 48% increase in UK offshore wind installed capacity1

A greener, more prosperous UK

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