Our Sustainable Strategy

Our sustainability strategy has been developed to support the delivery of ESB’s corporate strategy by;

  • The creation of world-class networks through smart metering and smart networks to the facilitation of renewable energy on the network.
  • Growing our generation and supply businesses, developing new renewable energy sources, reducing our CO2 emissions from thermal power stations and developing new energy services solutions to meet the growing customer demand for energy efficient sustainable products and services.
  • Enabling ESB to develop new business opportunities arising from the low carbon economy and technology, innovation and collaboration.
  • Helping transform how we work to deliver real value to the business and society.
  • Engaging staff to make a difference through their work.

Our Sustainable Objectives

We want to lead the development of Smart Networks and to facilitate renewables integration on to the network. This includes:

  • Reducing transmission and distribution losses on the all-island network.
  • Facilitating the connection of renewable energy on the all-island network.
  • Maintaining our position as a world leader in smart networks implementation.
  • Implementing smart metering to meet the future needs of customers, ESB and stakeholders.

We want to develop new low-carbon business opportunities as a source of competitive advantage towards 2050. This includes:

  • Investing in emerging clean energy and energy efficiency sectors.
  • Promoting electric vehicles in Ireland through installing a national network of public smart charging points.
  • Exploring the potential to use ESB’s networks infrastructure to deliver broadband by fibre on a commercial basis.
  • Pursuing consultancy opportunities in low-carbon sector.
  • Assessing business opportunities in emerging clean-tech areas such as energy storage, Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), ocean energy and solar PV.

We want to build a balanced low-carbon generation and supply business of scale in the all-island market as we move to a low-carbon economy. This includes:

  • Reducing air emissions (SOx, NOx) per GWh and CO2 emissions to 343g/KWh from our Generation Portfolio by 2025.
  • Increasing renewable energy sources in our Generation Portfolio by 26% by 2025.
  • Maintaining compliance with applicable laws on journey towards a low-carbon economy.
  • Influencing carbon policy at national and EU level.
  • Working with customers to improve their energy efficiency and demand response through the introduction of smart home technologies.
  • Achieving SEAI Better Energy targets.

We want to minimise our impacts on the environment, deliver cost savings and use our resources in a cost efficient manner. This includes:

  • Reducing our internal CO2 carbon footprint by improving the energy efficiency of our buildings, reducing fuel used in our vehicle fleet and promoting sustainable travel for staff.
  • Driving improvements in environmental management and our impact on biodiversity.
  • Reducing water usage.
  • Reducing waste streams, increasing re-use and recycling and reducing waste going to landfill.
  • Achieving Public Sector Energy Efficiency targets to 2020.

We want to engage with our employees to enhance performance and with our customers, suppliers and the community as part of our broader responsibilities to society. This includes:

  • Engaging with our staff to promote sustainability in the workplace, in the community and in the home.
  • Establishing an overall ESB Social Corporate Responsibility Programme which promotes volunteering and monitor its impact.
  • Working with staff and suppliers to embed sustainable procurement with each business unit.
  • Communicating progress both internally and externally against sustainability targets on a regular basis to enhance the reputation of ESB.