ESB and the Environment
At ESB, we are committed to conducting our activities and those of subsidiary companies in an environmentally responsible manner. To set and maintain standards, all of our main businesses within the ESB group operate an Environmental Management System (EMS) in line with ISO 14001.
Our Group Policy for Environmental Management and Sustainability Framework sets out the high-level principles and context for the management and oversight of environmental and sustainability issues within the ESB Group.
ESB’s Thermal Power and Hydro Stations
The environmental aspects of ESB's thermal power stations within the Republic of Ireland are controlled through Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Licences, as well as Greenhouse Gas Permits. These licenses and permits are issued and monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They are also audited by the EPA and a third party verifier on at least an annual basis.
Annual emission reports are submitted to the EPA and are available on their website here. ESB's hydro stations are also subject to environmental control through discharge licenses issued and are monitored by the relevant local authority. Please see the relevant local authority website for further information.
Requesting Environmental Information
You are entitled to request access to information on the environment that is held by ESB under the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007-2014 (the Regulations). This includes information on;
- State of the elements of the environment, such as air and landscape;
- Factors, such as substances, energy, noise, radiation or waste;
- Measures (including administrative measures), such as policies, legislation, plans and environmental agreements;
- Reports on the implementation of environmental legislation;
- Cost-benefit and other economic analyses and assumptions used within the framework of the measures and activities referred to in paragraph C; and F. The state of human health and safety.
Our environmental information is also publicly available on the EPA website.
Information regarding ESB planning permissions (including associated application documentation) for individual wind farms in the Republic of Ireland, Great Britain and Northern Ireland can be accessed directly from the relevant local authority websites.