We have taken considerable steps to reduce the amount of waste we generate.
At Gas Networks Ireland office locations, we have introduced a strict paper recycling facility, removed general refuse bins from each desk unit and replaced them with recycling paper trays. We also encourage means of relating information other than print (e.g. website, intranet, etc). We also recycle battery, toner and imaging units with a number of ‘recycling units’ located throughout our offices. Batteries from our Fleet, IT Infrastructure, Mechanical Equipment, Mobile Phones etc. are all recycled. Some rechargeable battery units and other items if suitable are given to charities.
At office locations incorporating green areas, all cuttings are gathered for composting which is in turn re-used to fertilise our landscaping features.
Our contractors are subject to ambitious waste reduction targets. For example our largest contract includes six key environmental performance indicators in relation to reducing non-hazardous and hazardous waste.
In-house training and awareness campaigns are rolled regularly to ensure GNI staff are informed on our waste management performance, and to encourage ongoing improvements. Waste Characterisation studies undertaken indicate where potential issues lie, and these are then addressed accordingly.
Gas Networks Ireland have systems in place to ensure legal and regulatory compliance in relation to waste permitting and licensing. Incorporated in our Environmental Management System are stretch targets for year on year waste recycling across our activities.
Resources for GNI activities are procured using sustainable principles, e.g. energy efficiency, chemical assessment, etc. As part of the implementation of the ISO 50001 standard, gas and electricity usage is tracked and monitored.