Roadmap to fossil freedom

Large scale change is happening.

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time – our world urgently needs to change and find alternative ways of powering and heating.

To contribute to the solution and become fossil free within one generation, Vattenfall needs to reduce its CO2 emissions and thereby reduce its carbon footprint throughout the entire value chain.

The goal is net zero by 2040 for our own operations, our suppliers and our customers. To make it happen, we are working determinedly together with customers, partners, authorities, and cities.

 We call this our CO2 roadmap.

CO2 emissions intensity

CO2 intensity: Grams of CO2-equivalents per kilowatt hour (gCO2e/kWh)


CO2-intensity in the context of electricity and heat production describes how much carbon dioxide (CO2) is emitted when producing one kilowatt hour of electricity or heat.

CO2 roadmap

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time. A great deal of effort is being put into limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Meeting this goal means greenhouse gas emissions need to be halved by 2030 and achieve net zero by the second half of the century.

The graph shows the evolution of Vattenfall's own emissions intensity over time, as well as our commitment to reduce emissions in the future.

All remaining emissions neutralized via negative emissions.

Our journey to fossil freedom

Lignite and hard coal no longer fit into our strategy. By divesting our lignite operations in 2016 and phasing-out hard coal assets, we have reduced our emissions to around 10 million tonnes.

Fossil free progress

Discover what we're doing today, so you can live fossil free tomorrow.

The climate challenge is an energy challenge, and companies have to play their part

This year we invited people with different backgrounds to share their views on some of the big topics from our Annual and sustainability report 2021.

Electrification as an enabler

By bringing fossil free electricity to new sectors and contexts, we can contribute to economic growth and social progress whilst minimizing climate impact.

Sustainable production

We are transforming our production portfolio and helping our customers power their lives in climate smarter ways.

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See also

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Solutions and innovations that bring us closer to fossil-free living within one generation

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Energy and solutions in a broader perspective.

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Vattenfall is phasing out fossil production and investing in renewables.