Biodiversity

Find out more about our commitment to biodiversity.

2020 Green Awards

We recently struck gold and green twice at the 2020 Green Awards, winning both the Sustainable Energy Achievement Award and the Green Large Organisation of the Year Award. Additionally, Gas Networks Ireland was selected by the judges to be one of six organisations shortlisted for the green business of the year award.

Biodiversity Enhancement Programme

Through our award winning Biodiversity Enhancement Programme, we support the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan and contribute to Ireland’s efforts to meet the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals targets. We have committed to the promotion of red clover, good for bees and the soil, encouraging farmers to grow it as a feedstock crop to be used for the production of renewable gas.

At Gas Networks Ireland, we have embraced an important role in promoting the importance of biodiversity not only amongst our substantial stakeholder network, but also among our staff and the communities where we work.  As a key part of this, we have identified that our large asset base is ideal for creating a network of pollinator-friendly habitats nationwide, and in turn, that we can have an impact on enhancing biodiversity by implementing biodiversity management initiatives. Examples of these include:  conducting ecology surveys,  planting of wild flower meadows including the planting of red clover and erecting bird boxes. On one of our gas stations in Cork, our Operations team are managing two beehives which produced our first batch of honey last summer.

Actively collaborating with communities where we work, we have delivered biodiversity awareness workshops in primary schools. Working closely with Cork City Council, Shalom Park in Cork is now home to a large ‘bug hotel’, helping increase the awareness of biodiversity in the community.

We are actively increasing awareness of biodiversity internally amongst our employees, delivering internal biodiversity awareness workshops, nature walks to educate about biodiversity and encouraging our team to be biodiversity-aware outside of the office.

National Biodiversity Conference

Last year, Gas Networks Ireland’s Biodiversity Enhancement Programme won the ‘Working Together for Biodiversity’ award at Ireland’s first National Biodiversity Conference. At this event, Gas Networks Ireland was also announced as one of 14 founding members of the Irish Business and Biodiversity Platform, making a commitment in the ‘Our Seeds for Nature’ charter to protect nature and biodiversity.

Biodiversity is for everyone and at Gas Networks Ireland we are committed to playing a key role. We encourage everyone to actively participate and join us as we work towards protecting our environment and preserving our future.

Age Action

In collaboration with our charity partner, Age Action, over 40 Gas Networks Ireland employees volunteered their time and spent a day working in the gardens of older people. The work was spread across 20 gardens in Finglas, Glasnevin and Cabra. The gardening day was part of Age Action Ireland’s Care and Repair programme.

Bug hotel

In 2019 a large bug hotel was installed at Shalom Park. This was a joint collaboration with Cork City Council on lands previously owned by Gas Networks Ireland, helping increase the awareness of biodiversity in the community.

Biodiversity initiatives

At Gas Networks Ireland, we have embraced an important role in promoting the importance of biodiversity not only amongst our substantial stakeholder network, but also among our staff and the communities where we work.  As a key part of this, we have identified that our large asset base is ideal for creating a network of pollinator-friendly habitats nationwide, and in turn, that we can have an impact on enhancing biodiversity by implementing biodiversity management initiatives.

Examples of these include: conducting ecology surveys, planting of wild flower meadows including the planting of red clover and erecting bird boxes. On one of our gas stations in Cork, our Operations team are managing two beehives which produced our first batch of honey last summer.