Wind is our DNA
Having chosen to explore and enjoy the sea purely by wind power is already a huge step in terms of being climate friendly. Thus, the pure nature of our leisure, passion and industry is driven by natural resources. We don´t have to tell you about the feeling of being “propelled” purely by wind, but we certainly urge you to keep on enjoying the ocean using wind rather than fossil fuel.
For Elvstrøm Sails however, it is not enough to just be engaged in a climate-friendly leisure activity. There is plenty more we can do as a company to minimize our environmental impact and make the oceans cleaner.
UN has defined 17 Sustainable Development Goals to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face. At Elvstrøm Sails we take a sustainable future seriously and specifically believe that we can address 5 of these goals. We are currently working on defining an approach and strategy for all these areas. Read below where Elvstrøm Sails is now, and some of our future goals. And ....
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Elvstrøm Sails production loft is totally run on clean electricity created by Danish land wind turbines. Through the “MedVind” we also buy extra wind energy to cover the electricity used by sub-suppliers outside of Denmark.
Climate friendly heating from wood chips
Our heating at the plant in Denmark is produced from bio mass in the form of wood chips and straw from the local district heating company.
According to UN; “Energy is the dominant contributor to climate change, accounting for around 60 per cent of total global greenhouse gas emissions” www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/energy
Increasing the use of renewable energy is of the main goals defined by UN and at Elvstrøm Sails we are pleased to say that are sails are very close to being produced 100 % CO2 neutral in terms of energy.
At our production facility in Aabenraa, Denmark we employ 70 people (as of 31.10.19) plus approx. 20 at Elvstrøm Sails subsidiaries abroad. The diversity in terms of nationality at Elvstrøm Sails is quite significant and we have a “tradition” of trying to include migrants in our organization. As of today, our staff at the main loft in Denmark represent 10 different nationalities and as a Danish company we have many organizational tools and instruments that contribute to our organizational well-being.
Elvstrøm Sails does not in particular stand out in terms of the above organizational groups and tools. This is very common in Denmark, but we do believe that these instruments contribute to our organizational well-being.
According to UN this is all about at “doing more and better with less.” www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-consumption-production
In terms of addressing the Responsible Production and Consumption goal, we will in the future dedicate time and energy in finding ways to reduce waste and re-use materials. 2-3 years ago we switched to efficient lightbulbs, LED in our production.
We acknowledge that we are not there yet. But this is a process and a journey that we have now started. Do you want to join?
From 1880 to 2012 the average global temperature increased by 0.85°C, oceans have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, and sea level has risen and global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) have increased by almost 50 per cent since 1990, according to UN: www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/climate-change
There is a lot of research on climate change. We are not a political organization, and refrain from pretending we know, what is best. But we do know that trees suck out the CO2, thus what we can do is plant trees.
Through the organization; One Tree Planted we have decided to plant a tree for every colleague we employ - so far 100 trees in the Amazon Rainforest. If you are also interested in planting a tree, you can join us by visting One Tree Planted.
One of the goals set by UN is to prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds. In Denmark the organization Plastic Change coordinates the World Clean-Up Day in Denmark by engaging and mobilizing the public in a movement gainst plastic pollution.
Our industry thrives on the beauty of the ocean and it seems only fair that we make an effort to help clean up the waste, not the least the plastic waste.
The World Clean-Up Day is at Elvstrøm Sails a future annual day out of the loft for all employees in Denmark, where we all do a team effort in cleaning up. In 2020 the official clean-up day is Saturday 19th September. However, the Elvstrøm Sails clean-up working day will be Friday 18th of September to make sure all employees can participate. Come September, come World-Clean-Up Day!
A future approach
We acknowledge that we are not there yet. This is a process and a journey, that we have now started. Join our journey!