In 2019, Vattenfall decreased its carbon emissions by 4 million tonnes. Tuomo Hatakka, Head of Vattenfall's Heat operations, describes the roadmap to become carbon free.
See Tuomo Hatakka explain some of the details in Vattenfall’s CO2 roadmap and hear Annika Ramsköld, head of Sustainability, describe the significance of a Science Based Targets in this video (6.30)
Vattenfall's goal is to enable fossil-free living within one generation. One major step was taken last year when Vattenfall closed two coal-fired power plants, Hemweg 8 in Amsterdam and Reuter C in Berlin. This contributed to reducing the CO2 emissions, to 18 million tonnes in 2019 compared to 22 million tonnes the year before. The decrease corresponds to 18 percent.
Vattenfall's plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions was approved last year by the Science Based Targets Initiative, an external validation that the plan is in line with climate science and the Paris agreement.
Vattenfall’s targets are ambitious. In Berlin, Vattenfall will phase out coal by 2030. In Sweden, the operations will be fossil free by 2021.
Tuomo Hatakka, Head of Business Area Heat
”It’s very exciting, it’s challenging, and it requires significant investments, says Tuomo Hatakka, Head of Business Area Heat. “At the same time we need to safeguard security of supply, remain price competitive and of course we need to earn money in order to finance all these investments.”