Equinor to submit its energy transition plan for advisory vote to shareholders
Equinor announces today, ahead of the 2021 Annual General Meeting, that starting in 2022 it will submit its energy transition plan for advisory vote to shareholders at its Annual General Meeting. Equinor will update the plan every three years for an advisory vote. Progress on the plan will be reported annually.
“Sustainability has been integrated into Equinor’s strategy and business model for decades, but with the energy transition plan we will invite shareholders to get an even more holistic overview on progress and performance,” says Jon Erik Reinhardsen, Chair of the Board of Directors in Equinor.
“Equinor aims to be a leading company in the energy transition. We believe the plan will allow for more active engagement and collaboration when preparing for future opportunities,” adds Anders Opedal, CEO and President in Equinor.
The company is among the first companies in its industry to introduce such a measure, which builds on Equinor’s evolving climate efforts. Last year the company announced a comprehensive set of climate ambitions which was further strengthened with the aim of reaching net zero by 2050. Equinor will announce short- and medium-term plans in support of the net-zero ambition at its Capital Markets Day on 15 June 2021.
“Accelerated growth in renewables, new low carbon solutions and an optimised oil and gas portfolio with low emissions are key pillars in our energy transition strategy and our commitment to bold climate ambitions. But to be successful, the energy transition must go hand-in-hand with practices that protect the environment and enhance biodiversity,” says Opedal.
Equinor also presents a new set of commitments to biodiversity. The new biodiversity position states that Equinor is establishing voluntary exclusion zones for its activities. Furthermore, Equinor will be developing a net-positive approach towards biodiversity in new Equinor-operated development projects located in protected areas or areas of high biodiversity value(1). It also includes a commitment to share more of the company’s comprehensive biodiversity data to encourage further scientific research.
A detailed overview of the company’s commitment and Equinor’s presence inside or near protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value is available on the website.
(1) Comprises “Key biodiversity areas” included in the World Database on Key Biodiversity Areas managed by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Particularly Valuable and Sensitive Areas (“Særlig verdifulle og sårbare områder”) on the Norwegian Continental Shelf