We would love your thoughts and comments about the proposed wind turbine. You can let us know by filling in the Have your say section of the website.
Tackling climate change means tackling carbon emissions and one of the largest benefits of renewable energy is that it’s low carbon. When a wind turbine produces energy it is zero carbon, however all energy generation has some kind of carbon footprint as a result of production, maintenance and decommissioning, including onshore wind.
Although wind turbines have a carbon footprint, they pay their carbon debt off in a matter of months. Everything after that will be clean, carbon free power! Aviva will therefore be supplied by genuine renewable energy which will displace the energy otherwise purchased through the National Grid, making the site truly sustainable.
Onshore wind energy is now the cheapest form of new power generation in the UK, and can operate subsidy-free. Aviva can make a significant cost saving on electricity from an on-site generation wind turbine project which can then be reinvested into the site and shared with the local community through the proposed community benefit project.
Electricity from wind is a stable renewable resource and not subject to the unpredictability of international geopolitics of supply. A wind turbine that forms part of an on-site network with existing solar power and large demand combined with the potential inclusion of new energy storage technology, would result in a very stable network. The proposal would ensure that Aviva would continue to receive a stable capacity, frequency and voltage of supply, despite the ever-changing energy market.
Aviva has already committed to purchase and/or generate 100% of its electricity from renewables on a worldwide basis by 2025. It already has solar generation installed on the Perth site, and we want to add to this with a wind turbine.
Aviva takes climate change very seriously, its impact on air quality, weather events and flooding, and its impact on people. It wants to do all it can to try to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. Aviva began purchasing electricity from renewable sources for its UK estates in 2004 and it has already reduced its worldwide carbon emissions by 53% since 2010.
The success of a business can be felt throughout the local community not only by the direct and indirect jobs they provide but also through investment in the community in many different ways.
Aviva would like the community to benefit as a result of the wind turbine project and have proposed a community benefit fund for the lifetime of the project. Aviva would like to hear your views on how a benefit fund can be put to good use.