Ørsted said it finds the situation “deeply disturbing” and that the Russian aggression goes against everything the company stands for.
Regarding gas from Gazprom that is supplied to Denmark, Ørsted said it recommends a clear and coordinated effort from the EU and the UK.
“Shortfalls in gas supplies will, as opposed to stopping supply of other types of products, have severe human and societal consequences and, therefore, need to be coordinated at EU and national levels rather than decided by individual companies,” the company said. “Therefore, the dependency on Russian gas and any ban on import of gas from Russia needs to be decided and enforced by clear political sanctions.”
Ørsted’s management has taken several immediate actions:
- Stopped all sourcing of biomass and coal for our power stations from Russia;
- Not entering into new contracts with Russian companies;
- Ensuring that no direct Ørsted suppliers for the build-out of renewable energy are Russian;
- Committing a financial contribution to Unicef and urgently looking into how best to support local organisations in Poland on handling the refugee situation;
- Devoting special attention to colleagues with family members and friends in Ukraine who need time and support.
All potential EU or national sanctions impacting the gas supply will be fully supported by Ørsted and immediately executed, the company confirmed.