Sustainability at Elia
The electricity grid is a key pillar of the energy policy that supports our socio-economic prosperity. Elia Group aspires to be a catalyst for a successful energy transition and consequently, a reliable, sustainable and affordable energy system. By building interconnectors and integrating renewable energy generation, Elia Group promotes both the integration of the European energy market and the decarbonisation of our society.
Involvement in developing renewable energy
Elia is actively involved in the development of renewable energy in the following ways:
- Connecting renewable energy generation units to the Elia grid, in particular the North Sea wind farms. Elia has set out a vision for the development of a high-voltage grid in the North Sea under optimum conditions for all the stakeholders involved.
- Taking part in innovative projects and in associations such as ‘Friends of the Supergrid’, which promotes the creation of a major European grid (a supergrid) as a solution for facilitating the circulation and exchange of renewable energy between generator countries, or the Renewables-Grid-Initiative (RGI). (see further our partnerships in Sustainability governance & reporting/Sustainability-related memberships)
Towards becoming a sustainable company
Elia is committed to creating a sustainable future for all its internal and external stakeholders based on four key areas of sustainable development: environmental, social, community involvement and governance, reporting. Elia Group has firmly integrated sustainability into its corporate strategy and is establishing ambitions and an action plan with a view to become a sustainable company.
At Elia Belgium, the following sustainability ambitions were defined by the Executive Committee in November 2017. They will be reviewed in 2019.
As a transmission system operator, Elia wants to act as a catalyst for the energy transition.
We are leading the way in the energy revolution by developing diversified, sustainable and reliable on- and offshore electricity systems. The grid will play a crucial role in decarbonising the energy sector and society in general. The energy transition will result in renewable energy generation being deployed on a large scale. End consumers are playing an increasingly central role, which makes managing the grid more complicated.