Sustainability Report 2020

About us

Environment

We are committed to the highest standards of environmental management and to proactively addressing the challenges of climate change.

We are certified to the Energy Management System (EMS) ISO50001:2015.

Public Sector Monitoring and Reporting Targets (PSMR)

We are an active participant in the Government’s Public Sector Monitoring and Reporting (PSMR) initiative. The scope of the PMSR applies to our office and fleet energy. While the PSMR aimed to achieve a 33% energy saving within the public sector by 2020, we have exceeded this ambition with 46% energy savings across our offices and fleet. Our energy savings are realised by metering and energy efficiency drives across all office locations, along with the replacement of inefficient lighting and heating solutions along with choosing greener options for our fleet.

2009 2008 2006 2007 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 300 600 900 1,200 Actual Target Glidepath

Our fleet and office energy performance are tracked by Energy Performance Indicator’s (EnPI’s). These EnPI’s are intensity metrics and reported to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). Our target EnPI for 2020 was 736kWh/m2, our actual 2020 EnPI was 580Wh/m2. This is down from 589 kWh/m2 in 2019 and 601 kWh/m2 in 2018.

Year

Actual

Target

2006

1,128

1,099

2007

1,156

1,073

2008

1,012

1,047

2009

939

1,021

2010

1,146

995

2011

999

969

2012

690

943

2013

626

917

2014

646

892

2015

627

866

2016

641

840

2017

631

814

2018

601

788

2019

589

762

2020

580*

736

We have consistently exceeded fleet and office energy performance year on year which is highlighted in the nearby figure. Our annual saving from projects implemented and planned in 2020 was 553,442kWh.

Fleet and office energy performance kWh
Actual Target 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 1,145 999 690 626 645 627 640 630 601 589 580 736 995

** the PSMR information is being updated and shall be available from Q2-Q3 as per the Public Sector Reporting

Like many other businesses in 2020, our office buildings operated at reduced capacity, with limited staff onsite. Energy consumption was still required to maintain essential services and fleet usage remained stable in 2020.

We have replaced our older vehicle fleet with new, more efficient vehicles and managed this fleet more efficiently through enhanced inspection procedures and programmes to increase employee awareness of fuel consumption. We consumed over 130,000kWh of renewable fuel to feed our fleets primary energy requirement in 2020, 0.2% more than 2019.

In 2012 we completed the construction of our Network Services Centre in Finglas, Dublin. The building was the first office in Ireland to be awarded the coveted ‘Excellent’ rating under BREEAM assessment procedures. BREEAM is the world's leading design and assessment method for sustainable buildings. We are currently upgrading our headquarters in Cork and sustainability considerations (energy efficiency and resource management) are central to the upgraded design.

Smarter travel

We have developed a Smarter Travel Workplace Programme to promote sustainable travel among our colleagues and visitors. The programme was developed in partnership with the National Transport Authority and is managed by staff from key areas of our business including HR, Environment, Corporate Responsibility and Facilities.

A number of initiatives introduced include a car-sharing facility, the establishment of Bicycle User Groups (BUGs), Video Conferencing between offices, carrying out events promoting sustainable travel and providing free bike services to staff.

The Smarter Travel Programme promotes and supports change in travel which results in many benefits and positive impacts for our colleagues, our business and for our environment. We encourage staff to use public transport where feasible over taking their vehicle and in 2019, we introduced an “agile working” policy, encouraging staff to work from home or from one of our nationwide office locations. Due to COVID-19, most staff are now working from home and we are currently reviewing our agile policy to ensure flexible agile will continue. In 2020 we carried out a survey to determine the average commuting distance to work by employees and CO2 savings that could potentially be made if we continued to encourage working from home post COVID-19.

For a number of years, we have successfully operated several CNG vehicles as part of our fleet. In 2019 two large CNG powered Iveco Daily vans were purchased for use in Cork and Dublin. The fleet team are also assessing the viability of purchasing a CNG Forklift for use in our stores in Cork.

In 2020, we added Circle K Cashel to the expanding network of publicly accessible CNG refuelling stations, with another 11 stations in development with two expected to open in early 2021.

Sustainable procurement

We procure significant volumes of services and materials to support the maintenance and delivery of the gas transportation network. We are committed to circular economy principles, by enhancing procurement processes we are driving better sustainability practices throughout the entire supply chain.

Use of “green” suppliers or materials

We ensure environmental and sustainability requirements are embedded in our procurement processes right through to delivery stage of the contract. For example, larger contractors are required to provide monthly reports on their performance against a range of environmental KPIs in relation to waste management, carbon management and energy use. Since 2011, our main contractor’s contracts are designed to incentivise best environmental practice throughout project delivery. Where contractors outperform KPIs, the financial terms of the contract contain provisions to allow bonus payments to be made. Similarly, KPI underperformance can result in the imposition of financial penalties.

As part of the tendering process for our new main contractor in 2020, we ensured our sustainability strategy objectives were key to the tender and contract requirements, in addition to waste, energy and carbon performance KPIs, waste reduction, biodiversity enhancement, community programmes, carbon emissions reduction targets are key requirements to our new contracts.

In 2020 our supply chain team set an objective to deliver a sustainable procurement strategy, the team developed a sustainability procurement policy which will be finalised in 2021. As part of the development of the policy, the supply chain team conducted a benchmarking exercise to compare our procedures against other best in class energy companies alongside conducting a sustainable procurement survey with our main suppliers. Our objective is to be recognised as a leader in the sustainable procurement arena.

In early 2021, our sustainability team presented our sustainability strategy to the Office of Public Procurement.