Sustainability at Elia

We are enabling the energy transition by developing diversified, sustainable and reliable on- and offshore electricity systems.

As the owner of two transmission system operators, Elia Group wants to act as a catalyst for the energy transition

Electricity grids are key elements of energy policies aiming to support socioeconomic prosperity. We aspire to be a catalyst for a successful energy transition by contributing to the development of f a reliable, sustainable and affordable energy system. By building interconnectors and integrating renewable energy generation into our grids, we are promoting both the integration of the European energy market and the decarbonisation of society.

The energy transition will result in renewable energy generation being deployed on a large scale. End consumers are playing an increasingly central role in the system providing additional flexibility for its operation.

We are actively supporting the development of renewable energy through the development of our grid on- and offshore for the integration of renewable energy generation. In that respect we collaborate with the Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI) providing an unique collaboration between grid operators and NGO’s in order to support the need for grid. or Friends of Sustainable Grids, which promotes the creation of a European supergrid as a solution for facilitating the exchange of renewable energy between generating countries. For more information about our partnerships, please see our webpage on Sustainability-related memberships.


Becoming a sustainable company

Our sustainability strategy is based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Over the past year, we have defined 5 areas of action, or 5 main dimensions of sustainability that include combating climate change, managing environmental impact and increasing biodiversity, integrating diversity and inclusion, guaranteeing the safety of our employees and assuring sound and good governance, ethics and compliance. 

Our internal sustainability programme "Act Now" has defined measurable objectives. These will be further integrated into our strategy and will help determine what we do and the decisions we take. Because, as a grid manager, we are an important catalyst for the energy transition, we strongly believe sustainability must be embedded in all our activities.

  Act Now objectives  
Climate Action
  • Enabling decarbonisation of the power sector
  • Reaching carbon neutrality in system operation by 2040
  • Reaching carbon neutrality in our own activities by 2030
  • Moving towards carbon neutral value chain for new assets and construction works
Environment and circular economy
  • We are committed to protect nature, foster biodiversity and embed circularity
 Health and Safety
  • Going for zero accidents
  • Making the physical and mental wellbeing of our employees a priority
Diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Transitioning towards becoming a diverse, equitable and inclusive company
Governance, ethics and compliance
  • Strengthening Governance, Ethics and Compliance as a catalyst of our ambitions
  • Transparency and active stakeholder engagement anchored in our business culture


Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing Society. Since Elia Group is enabling and facilitating the energy transition, sustainability is already at the core of our strategy. With the ACT NOW initiative, Elia Group has defined concrete and measurable targets related to how we will embed sustainability in our business processes.

Watch this excerpt from our Capital Markets Day event to find out more about this initiative.


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