Sustainability Report

Sustainability in Action 2019

At Gas Networks Ireland, we are committed to responsible and sustainable business practices.  Our sustainability strategy has three key pillars – Environment, Social and Economic; and is aligned to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our 2019 Sustainability Report ‘Sustainability in Action’ outlines our progress in implementing the principles of sustainable development across all aspects of our operations.

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What have we achieved?

In 2019 we focused on the areas of waste, biodiversity and climate change and have developed a number of initiatives regarding carbon emissions, energy use, waste generation and the efficient use of resources.

Our environmental achievements included:

  • 27% carbon footprint reduction since 2010
  • Exceeded public sector energy reduction target of 33% - we are hitting 44%
  • 99% recycling rate from our offices
  • Implementing our Biodiversity Enhancement Programme across our offices and sites.

In 2019 we continued to support social inclusion in communities across Ireland.  We were the proud recipient of Chambers Ireland’s InBusiness award for our Corporate Responsibility programme.

Our social achievements included:

  • Donated €141,000 to support education, employability and accessibility programmes across Ireland
  • Supported 40,000 hours of additional education for young people
  • Launched iBelong diversity and inclusion programme
  • Reached 1,000,000 man hours without an employee lost time injury

In 2019 we continued to enhance our service with a view to supporting sustainability. We invested €110 million in the gas and telecoms network infrastructure to drive sustainable growth and new connections.

Our economic achievements included:

  • Paid a €139 million dividend to the exchequer
  • Injected renewable gas onto the network for the first time at Ireland’s only purpose-built injection facility in Cush, Co. Kildare
  • €2 million approved for research and development projects through the gas innovation fund.

 

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