Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre wind farm, located in Aberdeen Bay, Scotland, was awarded the Nature of Scotland award. It was recognized for its scientific research and monitoring program. The award is organized by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Scotland.
Thanet offshore wind farm, photo by Jamie Cook (courtesy of Vattenfall)
Vattenfall and the EU have invested €3 million to study the effect of offshore wind farms on marine wildlife such as dolphins, salmon, sea trout and sea birds. The program is believed to be the largest environmental research program of its kind.
Chris Jackson, Vattenfall’s scientific research and monitoring program coordinator, said, “Our research investment will increase understanding of the environmental impact of offshore wind and keeps Scotland at the forefront of offshore wind research and development.
“We believe the results of the research program will help accelerate the growth of offshore wind by providing greater insight to decision makers and developers when assessing the impacts of offshore wind.”
Vattenfall has also been awarded 'Industry Best 2018' in the Nordic region's largest sustainability study, Sustainable Brand Index B2B. This means that decision-makers in large companies with responsibility for procurement from the energy sector have rated Vattenfall as the most sustainable company in the industry.
The award was accepted by Rolf Bernro, specialist at Vattenfall Sustainability, at a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, on November 29.
"It is naturally a great pleasure to receive the award, and a recognition that decision-makers and customers appreciate how we clearly integrate sustainability into everything we do. Our clear message that we want to become fossil-free within one generation seems to have made an impact and drawn attention," Bernro said.
Between September and November 2018, a total of 1,000 interviews and 5,000 brand assessments were conducted among decision-makers in companies with sales of more than €50 million.
In the overall ranking of companies in all categories, Vattenfall came in seventh place, a strong improvement from last year's twentieth position.
"I think we have climbed up in the ranking because people can see we are serious about enabling a fossil-free society within one generation. The award is also extremely important for our employees, who make conscious choices on a daily basis to make Vattenfall a more sustainable company. I hope all our employees feel proud today! They do a fantastic job," stated Annika Ramsköld, Vattenfall's Head of Sustainability.