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Our Purpose

Since our establishment in 1927, ESB has been committed to driving society forward and delivering a net zero energy future for our customers and communities. This strong sense of purpose is reflected in our unwavering commitment to tackling some of the biggest challenges we face as a society, including climate change. 

We are working to deliver a new energy future based on reliable, affordable, zero carbon electricity. We are building on the work we have done for over a century to transform lives and enable social and economic progress and change. This is our purpose. 

We will continue to harness our capability and resources to bring light and energy to communities in Ireland and around the world. We are Driven to Make a Difference and to achieve net zero emissions for ESB by 2040. 

Climate Change

We know that climate change is one of the defining challenges facing our generation. Its impact is increasingly evident. We see it in extreme weather patterns, rising sea levels, water shortages and disruption to biodiversity and ecosystems. Electricity has a transformative role to play in tackling climate change. It can reduce carbon and other harmful greenhouse gas emissions from the energy sector.

Zero Emissions

ESB is taking urgent and focused action to achieve net zero emissions by 2040. We are putting in place the infrastructure and services to enable our customers and society to live more sustainably. We are balancing this with our fundamental role to maintain reliable and affordable electricity for our customers, communities, and the economy.

Our 2040 Strategy 

ESB’s strategy Driven to Make a Difference: Achieving Net Zero by 2040 sets out a clear pathway to achieve Net Zero in a way that supports our customers and ensures ESB’s continued growth and ability to invest. Our strategy is informed by developments in the external environment and driven by our enduring commitment to deliver a brighter future for all.

ESB Net Zero to 2040 Strategy
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UN Sustainable Development Goals 

Our strategy directly support the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which provide a global blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all by 2030. ESB is focusing particularly on three of the SDGs where we can make a lasting and tangible difference.

  • Goal 7:    Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
  • Goal 9:    Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation.
  • Goal 13:  Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. 
“At ESB, we are driven to make a difference and will focus our efforts on the areas where we can make the biggest impact – creating and connecting sustainable, reliable, affordable electricity - and supporting the customers and communities we serve to achieve net zero. By setting a clear, timebound ambition to achieve net zero by 2040, along with a Science Based Target for 2030, we are determined to play our part in taking urgent action to combat climate change, delivering a brighter future.”
Paddy HayesChief Executive of ESB