Sustainable energy is the future
Sustainable energy can be defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising future generations. As the need to deliver a sustainable future is vital, we must address the issues of climate change and energy security. To do so, developing more secure and sustainable sources of renewable energy is essential.
The conflict and geopolitical instability we have witnessed over the past few years have put the spotlight firmly on the security of our energy supply. Most of us still use fossil fuels to generate the electricity that we use to heat our homes and run our cars. However, burning these finite resources releases greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, exacerbating climate change.
Ireland’s energy security and independence can only be achieved by investing in renewable energy. Rolling out clean energy projects helps lower prices while also helping to protect us from the worst impacts of climate change. With its abundant natural resources, Ireland can be a world leader when it comes to renewable energy integration. It is already on the right path to decarbonising our energy system but we cannot afford to lose momentum.
Working towards common goals
Our ambition is to contribute to a more sustainable future for all. At the same time, the way we develop our projects in local communities must be sustainable and responsible. For that, we are guided by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
What are the Sustainability Goals?
The Sustainable Development Goals or Global Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”. The SDGs were set up in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and are intended to be achieved by 2030.
Though we have many initiatives that can be linked to different SDGs, our positive impacts are concentrated around the Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG 7) and Climate Action (SDG 13) goals.
Goal 7 aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
This goal calls for action to combat climate change and its impacts.
The sustainability of a project is also strengthened by delivering climate action and ensuring a responsible supply chain. Supply chain management covers health and safety, environment and climate, human rights, labour rights, and business ethics. Sustainability is also supported by engaging in essential and meaningful stakeholder engagement.
We are committed to ensuring that our projects are developed in a sustainable way. We are an active supporter of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, an initiative which brings together different sectors across the island of Ireland to create a landscape where pollinators can survive and thrive.
When we are developing one of our energy projects, we incorporate environmentally sustainable measures into the project design, while doing our utmost to regenerate or enhance the environment and biodiversity of the project site. We do this by:
- Sowing wildflower meadows and areas of species-rich grass
- Enhancing hedgerows
- Planting trees
- Creating bird and insect boxes
Biodiversity will be integral to the project and our goal is to help maximise the potential for the area. Therefore, a Biodiversity Management Plan will be provided as part of the planning submission.