We have adopted an iterative multi-year approach to reducing the environmental impact of our business activities. Significant milestones on this journey have been the implementation of an Environmental Management System (certified to ISO14001) in 2012, achieving Energy Management System certification (ISO50001) in 2014 and being one of the first companies in Ireland to achieve the Asset Management System Standard ISO55001 in 2015. Investment in leading edge asset management systems and processes will contribute to enhanced network asset performance and energy efficiency.
In 2020 we were successfully recertified to ISO14001 and ISO50001 along with ISO systems, ISO45001, ISO55001 and ISO9001. This was the first time that any company in Ireland recertified all five ISO systems together with the National Standards Authority of Ireland.
We won both the Sustainable Energy Achievement Award and the Green Large Organisation of the Year Award at the 2020 Green Awards. Additionally, we were selected by the judges to be one of six organisations shortlisted for the green business of the year award. This was the first time we have ever won these awards, at what is seen by many as Ireland’s leading environmental event for businesses. The Green Large Organisation of the Year Award goes to the large business who can demonstrate a bottom-up best environmental practice in all aspects of running a large business. Judges examined all aspects of the business including waste management, biodiversity, use of ‘green suppliers or materials, transport, energy and water efficiencies, to staff engagement and community involvement’.
In 2020 we joined leading companies around the world to call for ambitious and collective action on nature by signing up to the Business for Nature Call to Action. We have made nature a priority through our biodiversity commitments and we strive to have a net positive impact on biodiversity across our operations by 2025.