Improved resource efficiency in our operations

Improving resource efficiency generates positive environmental effects and leads to lower costs for Vattenfall. 

Improved efficiency leads to lower costs per produced kWh of electricity and thereby improves Vattenfall’s competitiveness while at the same time resulting in lower emissions per kWh of generation.

Our strategy

Lower costs and improve competitiveness through more efficient use of resources.

Our targets

  • Reduce use of primary energy by 440 GWh in 2015.
  • Examples of regional or local targets:
    – The recycling rate for operational waste and residual products shall amount to 96% for hydro power plants in the Nordic countries.
    –  Phase out all hazardous chemicals in the Nordic market, where technically feasible, by 2020.

Example of achievements 2015

  • The increase in annual energy savings – 1,066 GWh – was higher than the 440 GWh target and consisted mainly of measures such as turbine and generator replacements, and expansion of district heating networks in Berlin and Germany.
Energy efficiency improvement
Target Achievement
2014 365 440
2015 440 1066

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Challenges we have

  • Develop and adopt Group-wide targets that are relevant for both the environment and the business.
  • Find less environmentally harmful alternatives to replace hazardous chemicals without jeopardising safety and functionality.

Our planned activities

Work on improving efficiency in Vattenfall’s use of resources will continue. Methods will be developed for using ash in accordance with the waste hierarchy principles. Handling of radioactive waste will continue in a responsible manner. A study of water use will be conducted to identify potential improvements in the German and Dutch operations.

Last updated: 2016-10-11 11:08