Ørsted releases landmark biodiversity report, calls for decarbonization
New England Council Member, Ørsted recently unveiled a groundbreaking biodiversity report, pledging a “net-positive biodiversity ambition” in their relentless pursuit of decarbonization.
Calling biodiversity the “new and necessary north star for renewable energy,” the clean energy company makes a strong case for the international community to focus more directly on leaving nature better than we found it. According to the research published, the preservation of biodiversity both deeply affects and is affected by emissions-driven climate change. From the trees in the Amazon rainforest to oceanic photosynthesis, humanity relies on natural ecosystems for breathable air, food, and medicine. However, these ecosystems have become threatened by human activity such as deficiencies in the global food system and carbon emissions from fossil fuel use. This threat is exacerbated by the fact that half of the global GDP is moderately or highly dependent on the natural world.
Through a commitment to circular supply chains to reduce the demand for new metals and minerals, establishing partnerships with environmental NGOs, and phasing out fossil fuels, Ørsted is committed to re-establishing a balance between humanity and global biodiversity levels.
“This is not only the right thing to do for people and the nature we depend upon”, Ørsted CEO Mads Nipper writes in the report, “It also makes practical sense. Integrating biodiversity measures into renewable energy deployment will be key to ensuring a mandate for the pace and scale of new infrastructure needed to meet net zero carbon emissions.”
The New England Council commends Ørsted for its commitment to ecological protection.
Read the report on the Ørsted website.