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AARHUS, Denmark: In a bid to remain competitive, Vestas plans to reduce the amount of manufacturing waste ending up in landfill to less than 1.0 percent by 2030 while ensuring an increase in recycling from 52 percent to over 94 percent.

A new circularity roadmap sets new targets across design, operations and material recovery in a bid to develop the first fully circular wind turbine - increasing material efficiency by 90 percent, achieving 100 percent rotor recyclability and reducing supply chain waste by 50 percent.

The company says the roadmap commits it to achieve a 55 percent use of refurbished components by 2030 and 75 percent by 2040 to reduce waste, cutting carbon emissions and creating jobs.

“Eliminating waste from the turbine lifecycle is dependent on building a fully circular value chain,” explained Sustainability head Lisa Ekstrand. “To succeed in this journey, it’s crucial for industry leaders to build mature pathways towards circularity and ensure these are fully adopted across their value chains, as this will help nurture the technological innovation, material volume and stakeholder collaboration needed to grow an industry-wide circular economy.

“This approach is at the heart of Vestas’ circularity roadmap, and through it, we aim to pave the way towards a fully circular economy for the wind industry,” she added.

With the growth in European waste reduction and circularity regulations, particularly in France and The Netherlands, the company says sustainability metrics are becoming increasingly integrated into its sales tender process.
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