January 20 (Renewables Now) - Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS) has adopted a zero-waste approach to manufacturing wind turbines announcing on Monday it intends to reach the new sustainability target by 2040.
Two weeks after unveiling its 2030 carbon neutrality goals, the Danish wind turbine maker said today it plans to apply the principles of circular economy to the design, production, service and end-of-life of its product. The new waste management strategy will presented within the next two years, Vestas said.
While one Vestas wind turbine is on average 85% recyclable, its critical parts, blades and nacelles, could improve their recyclability rates.
Vestas said it will first focus on blades, which are currently made of non-recyclable composite materials. Their recyclability rate today stands at 44% and Vestas will seek to improve it to 50% by 2025 and to 55% by 2030.
The Danish company said it will launch several recycling initiatives to deal with existing blades following their decommissioning and deploy new technologies for treating composite waste, such as glass fiber recycling and plastic parts recovery.