Sustainability in ESB

ESB's Brighter Future Strategy to 2030 is driven by our ambition to create a clean energy future by leading the transition to reliable, affordable, low-carbon energy for our customers. We can achieve this ambition by maintaining a viable and successful business with the financial strength to invest in the low-carbon future at the necessary pace and scale, putting sustainability at the heart of our operations.

To deliver this clean energy future, ESB will;

  • Meet customers’ energy needs through diverse businesses across the energy value chain
  • Increase renewables to 50% of generation capacity (generating 40% electricity) by 2030
  • Reduce carbon intensity by 50% by 2030

Examples of how ESB is leading the transition to a low-carbon future

Generation and Trading

  • Offshore Wind: Neart na Gaoithe (Scotland), Galloper (England) and Oriel (ROI)
  • Onshore Wind: Grousemount (Co Kerry), Oweninny (Co Mayo) and Coriolis (Scotland)
  • Long term partnerships: Coillte and Equinor
  • ESB’s two peat stations will cease generating in December 2020
  • Moneypoint (c. 900MW) will not burn coal after 2025

Customer Solutions

  • Electric Vehicle (EV) infrastructure upgrade in operation including the installation of super-hubs across the country
  • ESB's Smart Energy Services delivering a world-first £120m greenhouse project (largest installed capacity of heat pumps in UK)
  • ESB providing the charging infrastructure for Ireland's first electric bus operating at Dublin Airport and Crowne Plaza hotel


  • National Smart Metering Programme roll-out commenced in 2019
  • Approximately 6 GW of renewable generation already connected to the grid
  • ESB Networks roll-out of electric vans and auxiliary equipment to the fleet

Sustainability Reports