Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do as a company
Sustainability has played a key role in VNG’s operations for decades. This commitment encompasses all of our economic and social activities. We are taking on the challenges arising from the energy transition and the fight against climate change. Our overriding mission is and remains providing a sustainable, reliable and secure supply of energy that meets the demands of our society. As a company that trades in fossil natural gas and operates a transport network and underground storage facilities for natural gas, we have a special responsibility to ensure security of supply while also shaping a climate-friendly energy supply. That is why we are already combining a reliable energy supply with the necessary transformation to green gases and driving forward projects in these areas across the company.
We are highly involved in a wide range of areas in the social, cultural and sporting spheres, with a focus on our home region in the east of Germany.
As of 31 December 2022
* Operator: ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH
** VNG AG, VNG Handel & Vertrieb GmbH, ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH, VNG Gasspeicher GmbH
*** Certification by berufundfamilie Service GmbH
What are we doing?
VNG is focusing on three key action areas in order to drive sustainability: "Energy supply of the future", "Responsible employer" and "Value-oriented and transparent practices". Each of these action areas covers a set of clearly defined topics.
"Energy supply of the future"
VNG wants to play its part in establishing a secure, affordable and climate-friendly energy supply in a decarbonised world. To this end, we are driving the energy transition along our entire value chain.
Our focus topics:
- Facilitating a secure and reliable energy supply
- Developing renewable and decarbonised gases and promoting them to increase the extent to which they are used in the energy system
- Driving innovation
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from our own operations
Our aim is to create a working environment in which our employees can be actively involved in shaping the energy supply in this country and transforming our business model, while also having opportunities to develop themselves further.
Our focus topics:
- Developing skills and facilitating participation
- Promoting health and ensuring safety
- Embracing diversity as an opportunity
"Value-oriented and transparent practices"
We are committed to complying with legal requirements and acting in line with our values at all times. VNG has clearly defined business principles and provides transparent reports about its activities to third parties.
Our focus topics:
- Acting in a value-based and legally compliant manner
- Expanding dialogue and communication
- Accepting responsibility for the region
This three-pronged approach to sustainability along the three overarching themes at VNG culminates in a comprehensive sustainability strategy that is developed, managed and assessed by experts in the company's corporate and specialist departments.
2022 VNG Sustainability Report
Our first sustainability report describes the status quo. It covers all of the sustainable activities and measures identified as material for the Group companies VNG AG, VNG Handel & Vertrieb GmbH, VNG Gasspeicher GmbH, ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH and BALANCE Erneuerbare Energien GmbH.
The report complies with the requirements of the established reporting standard of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). This first instalment covers the 2022 financial year and was published in autumn 2023. The VNG Sustainability Report is updated on an annual basis. The next report will be published in summer 2024.