Sustainability Report 2020

About us

GRI standard

Disclosure required of GRI

Section where disclosure is provided

GRI 101: Foundation 2016

General disclosures

1. Reporting principles

Organizational profile

1.1: Stakeholder inclusiveness - The reporting organization shall identify its stakeholders and explain how it has responded to their reasonable expectations and interests.

Our Sustainability strategy
Stakeholder engagement
Materiality assessment

1.2: Sustainability context - The report shall present the reporting organization’s performance in the wider context of sustainability.

Our Sustainability strategy
Materiality assessment

1.3: Materiality - The report shall cover topics that:
- reflect the reporting organization’s significant economic, environmental, and social impacts; or
- substantively influence the assessments and decisions of stakeholders

Our Sustainability strategy
Materiality assessment

1.4: Completeness - The report shall include coverage of material topics and their boundaries, sufficient to reflect significant economic, environmental, and social impacts, and to enable stakeholders to assess the reporting organization’s performance in the reporting period.

Materiality assessment
Environment
Social
Economic

1.5: Accuracy - The reported information shall be sufficiently accurate and detailed for stakeholders to assess the reporting organization’s performance

Our Sustainability strategy

1.6: Balance - The reported information shall reflect positive and negative aspects of the reporting organization’s performance to enable a reasoned assessment of overall performance.

Risk management

1.7: Clarity - The reporting organization shall make information available in a manner that is understandable and accessible to stakeholders using that information.

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1.8: Comparability - The reporting organization shall select, compile, and report information consistently. The reported information shall be presented in a manner that enables stakeholders to analyse changes in the organization’s performance over time, and that could support analysis relative to other organizations.

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1.9: Reliability - The reporting organization shall gather, record, compile, analyse, and report information and processes used in the preparation of the report in a way that they can be subject to examination, and that establishes the quality and materiality of the information.

Our Sustainability strategy

1.10: Timeliness - The reporting organization shall report on a regular schedule so that information is available in time for stakeholders to make informed decisions.

Materiality assessment
GRI 102 – 52 reporting cycle
Our sustainability report is published annually

GRI 102: General disclosures 2016

GRI 102: General disclosures 2016

Organizational profile

102-1 Name of the organization

Gas Networks Ireland

102-2 Activities, brands, products, and services

Who we are

102-3 Location of headquarters

Materiality assessment
GRI 102 – 3
Our headquarters are based in Gasworks Road, Cork, T12 RX96

102-4 Location of operations

Who we are

102-5 Ownership and legal form

Governance structure

102-6 Markets served

Who we are

102-7 Scale of the organization

Business model

102-8 Information on employees and other workers

Who we are

102-9 Supply chain

Who we are

102-10 Significant changes to the organization and its supply chain

Who we are

102-11 Precautionary principle or approach

Risk management
Who we are

102-12 External initiatives

Energy management
Government’s public mector monitoring and reporting (PSMR) initiative.

102-13 Membership of associations

GHG emissions management
Business in the Community

Strategy

102-14 Statement from senior decision-maker

Managing Directors Introduction

102-15 Key impacts, risks, and opportunities

Our Sustainability strategy

Ethics and integrity

102-16 Values, principles, standards, and norms of behaviour

Strategic framework

102-17 Mechanisms for advice and concerns about ethics

Our taxation policies
Customer

Governance

102-18 Governance structure

Governance structure
Sustainability steering committee

102-19 Delegating authority

Governance structure
Sustainability steering committee

102-20 Executive-level responsibility for economic, environmental, and social topics

Governance structure
Sustainability steering committee

102-21 Consulting stakeholders on economic, environmental, and social topics

Materiality assessment
Stakeholder inclusiveness

Stakeholder engagement

102-40 List of stakeholder groups

Stakeholder engagement

102-41 Collective bargaining agreements

Workplace - collective bargaining

102-42 Identifying and selecting stakeholders

Stakeholder engagement

102-43 Approach to stakeholder engagement

Stakeholder engagement

102-44 Key topics and concerns raised

Stakeholder engagement

Reporting practice

102-45 Entities included in the consolidated financial statements

Financial review

102-46 Defining report content and topic Boundaries

Materiality assessment

102-47 List of material topics

Materiality assessment

102-48 Restatements of information

Materiality assessment
GRI 102 – 48 restatement of information
No restatement of the 2019 report was made.

102-49 Changes in reporting

Materiality assessment
GRI 102 – 49 changes in reporting
There are no significant changes in the list of material topics and topic boundaries compared to previous reporting periods.

102-50 Reporting period

Materiality assessment
GRI 102 – 50 reporting period
The reporting period covered in this report is January 2020 to December 2020.

102-51 Date of most recent report

Materiality assessment
GRI 102 – 51 date of most recent report
Our most recent sustainability report covered the 2019 period this report covers our 2020 performance

102-52 Reporting cycle

Materiality assessment
GRI 102 – 52 reporting cycle
Our sustainability report is published annually

102-53 Contact point for questions regarding the report

Materiality assessment
GRI 102 – 53 contact point
Any queries related to this report can be sent to Anne Moore, Sustainability Manager, sustainability@gasnetworks.ie

102-54 Claims of reporting in accordance with the GRI Standards

Materiality assessment
GRI 102 – 54 GRI reporting
This report has been prepared in accordance with GRI standards: core option

102-55 GRI content index

Materiality assessment

102-56 External assurance

Materiality assessment
GRI 102 – 56 external assurance
Our 2020 Sustainability Report has not been externally assured.

Material topics

200 series (Economic topics)

Economic performance

GRI 103: Management approach 2016

103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary

Economic section

103-2 The management approach and its components

Economic section

103-3 Evaluation of the management approach

Economic section

GRI 201: Economic performance 2016

201-1 Direct economic value generated and distributed

Economic impact
Local communities

Indirect economic impacts

GRI 103: Management approach 2016

103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary

Managing Director's introduction,
Our Sustainability priorities, Highlights, Investing in our future, Innovation

103-2 The management approach and its components

Managing Director's introduction,
Our Sustainability priorities, Highlights, Investing in our future, Innovation

103-3 Evaluation of the management approach

Managing Director's introduction,
Our Sustainability priorities, Highlights, Investing in our future, Innovation

GRI 203: Indirect economic impacts 2016

203-1 Infrastructure investments and services supported

Managing Director's introduction,
Our Sustainability priorities, Highlights, Investing in our future, Innovation

203-2 Significant indirect economic impacts

Economic


Vision 2050


Economic impact

Tax

GRI 103: Management approach 2016

103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary

Our taxation policies

103-2 The management approach and its components

Our taxation policies

103-3 Evaluation of the management approach

Our taxation policies

GRI 207: Tax 2019

207-1 Approach to tax

Our taxation policies

207-2 Tax governance, control, and risk management

Our taxation policies

207-3 Stakeholder engagement and management of concerns related to tax

Relationships with tax authorities

300 series (Environmental topics)

Energy

GRI 103: Management approach 2016

103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary

Climate action


Energy management

103-2 The management approach and its components

Climate action, Energy management

103-3 Evaluation of the management approach

Climate action, Energy management

GRI 302: Energy 2016



302-3 Energy intensity

Energy management

302-4 Reduction of energy consumption

Energy management



Water

GRI 103: Management approach 2016

103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its boundary

Water reduction and management

103-2 The management approach and its components

Water reduction and Management

103-3 Evaluation of the management approach

Water reduction and management

GRI 303: Water and effluents 2018



303-5 Water consumption

Water Reduction and Management

Biodiversity

GRI 103: Management approach 2016

103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its boundary

Enhancing biodiversity

103-2 The management approach and its components

Enhancing biodiversity

103-3 Evaluation of the management approach

Enhancing biodiversity

GRI 304: Biodiversity 2016

304-3 Habitats protected or restored

Enhancing biodiversity

Emissions

GRI 103: Management approach 2016

103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its boundary

GHG emissions management

103-2 The management approach and its components

Low carbon pledge

103-3 Evaluation of the management approach

GHG emissions management

GRI 305: Emissions 2016

305-1 Direct (Scope 1) GHG emissions

GHG emissions management

305-2 Energy indirect (Scope 2) GHG emissions

GHG emissions management

305-3 Other indirect (Scope 3) GHG emissions

GHG emissions management

305-4 GHG emissions intensity

GHG emissions management

Effluents and waste

GRI 103: Management approach 2016

103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its boundary

Waste reduction and waste management

103-2 The management approach and its components

Waste reduction and waste management

103-3 Evaluation of the management approach

Waste reduction and waste management

GRI 306: Waste and effluents 2016



306-2 Management of significant waste-related impacts

Waste reduction and waste management





Environmental Compliance

GRI 103: Management approach 2016

103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its boundary

Environment

103-2 The management approach and its components

Environment

103-3 Evaluation of the management approach

Environment

GRI 307: Environmental compliance 2016

307-1 Non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations

Environment

400 series (social topics)

Employment

GRI 103: Management approach 2016

103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its boundary

Employability, Workplace

103-2 The management approach and its components

Employability, Workplace

103-3 Evaluation of the management approach

Employability, Workplace

GRI 401: Employment 2016

401-1 New employee hires and employee turnover

Workplace

Labor/management relations

GRI 103: Management approach 2016

103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its boundary

Employability, Workplace

103-2 The management approach and its components

Employability, Workplace

103-3 Evaluation of the management approach

Employability, Workplace

GRI 402: Labor/ management relations 2016

402-1 Minimum notice periods regarding operational changes

Workplace

Occupational health and safety

GRI 103: Management approach 2016

103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its boundary

Workplace - occupational health and safety

103-2 The management approach and its components

Workplace

103-3 Evaluation of the management approach

Workplace - occupational health and safety

GRI 403: Occupational health and safety 2018

403-1 Occupational health and safety management system

Workplace

403-2 Hazard identification, risk assessment, and incident investigation

Hazard identification,rRisk Assessment and Incident Investigation

403-3 Occupational health services

Workplace

403-4 Worker participation, consultation, and communication on occupational health and safety

Worker participation, Consultation and Communication

403-5 Worker training on occupational health and safety

Worker training on Occupational health and safety

403-6 Promotion of worker health

Workplace

403-7 Prevention and mitigation of occupational health and safety impacts directly linked by business relationships

Principal risks and uncertainties

403-8 Workers covered by an occupational health and safety management system

Workplace

Training and education

GRI 103: Management approach 2016

103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its boundary

Workplace

103-2 The management approach and its components

Workplace

103-3 Evaluation of the management approach

Workplace

GRI 404: Training and education 2016

404-1 Average hours of training per year per employee

Training and education

404-3 Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews

Performance reviews

Diversity and equal opportunity

GRI 103: Management approach 2016

103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its boundary

Diversity and inclusion

103-2 The management approach and its components

Diversity and inclusion

103-3 Evaluation of the management approach

Diversity and inclusion

GRI 405: Diversity and equal opportunity 2016

405-1 Diversity of governance bodies and employees

Diversity and inclusion



Local communities

GRI 103: Management approach 2016

103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its boundary

Community

103-2 The management approach and its components

Community

103-3 Evaluation of the management approach

Community - 2020 key Performance indicators

GRI 413: Local communities 2016



413-2 Operations with significant actual and potential negative impacts on local communities

Operations with significant actual and potential negative impacts on local communities

Customer health and safety

GRI 103: Management approach 2016

103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its boundary

Customer health and safety

103-2 The management approach and its components

Customer health and safety

103-3 Evaluation of the management approach

Customer health and safety

GRI 416: Customer health and safety 2016



416-2 Incidents of non-compliance concerning the health and safety impacts of products and services

Downstream gas incidents and non-compliances

Customer privacy

GRI 103: Management approach 2016

103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its boundary

Data protection and customer privacy

103-2 The management approach and its components

Data protection and customer privacy

103-3 Evaluation of the management approach

Data protection and customer privacy

GRI 418: Customer privacy 2016

418-1 Substantiated complaints concerning breaches of customer privacy and losses of customer data

Data protection and customer privacy