Sustainability Report 2020

About us

Ballymahon Coalisland Cookstown Magherafelt Enniskillen Derrylin Omagh Corrib Gas Field Scotland Isle of Man Kinsale Head Gas Field Seven Heads Gas Field Castlebar Westport Claremorris Ballinrobe Headford Loughrea Tynagh Gort Galway Tuam Ballinasloe Athlone Tullamore Mullingar Kilcock Virginia Carrickmacross Cootehill Newry Banbridge Lurgan Dundalk Drogheda Gormanston Loughshinny Crossmolina Ballina Limerick Cork Nenagh Craughwell Trim Navan Kells Bailieborough Kingscourt Lough Egish Armagh Portadown Craigavon Interconnector 2 Interconnector 1 Antrim Moffat Beattock Twynholm AGI Terregles Brighouse Bay Kirkcudbright Ballymena Limavady Coleraine Ballymoney Enfield Ennis Ballina Shannon Askeaton Aughinish Sixmilebridge Mitchelstown Cahir Fermoy Charleville Mallow Kinsale Bandon Ballineen Macroom Whitegate Inch Terminal Belfast Derry City Tramore Carrick-on-Suir Kilkenny Great Island Carlow Athy Kildare Kilcullen Monasterevin Naas Prosperous Ballymore Eustace Portlaoise Ballyragget Portarlington Arklow Wicklow Bray Blessington Rathdrum Clonmel Ardfinnan Cashel Dublin Waterford Wexford Existing pipelinesPipelines owned by othersInterconnection pointsEntry pointRenewable gas entry point Belview Port Listowel Tullykenney Dungannon Strabane Bellanaboy Cush ] The Kinsale gas fields and the associated Inch Entry Point are currently undergoing a decommissioning process. Carrickfergus Ireland’s national gas network

Gas Networks Ireland operates and maintains Ireland’s €2.7bn, 14,617km national gas network, which is considered one of the safest and most modern gas networks in Europe.

Over 706,000 homes and businesses trust Ireland’s gas network to provide affordable and reliable energy to meet their heating and cooking needs. The gas network is a vital national asset and is the cornerstone of Ireland’s energy system, securely supplying more than 31% of Ireland’s total energy, including 40% of all heating and over 52% of the country’s electricity generation.

In 2020, gas demand for electricity generation ranged between 25% and almost 90%. When the wind didn’t blow and the sun didn’t shine, the national gas network was there to ensure the lights stayed on and our devices were powered. At times, wind and solar generated as little as 1% of the country’s electricity, meaning essential services and health facilities relied on the security of gas-generated electricity.

Emitting significantly less CO2 than coal and oil, natural gas has played an important role in reducing Ireland’s energy emissions since the 1970s, and the ever-reliable power behind Ireland’s electricity generation will continue to play an integral role in the country’s transition to a low carbon economy.

Gas is particularly important for many Irish industries, delivering the high intensity heat that many processes require. Businesses know they can depend on the gas network’s reliability and flexibility.

As an energy source, natural gas is of strategic importance to Ireland, facilitating job creation and economic growth. However, while natural gas is the cleanest conventional fuel, Ireland must transition to more sustainable alternatives to meet its climate action targets.

Our ambition is for a net-zero carbon gas network by 2050 and to support emissions reductions across every sector of the Irish economy, in the least cost, least disruptive, most safe and secure manner.

New technologies such as compressed natural gas and renewable gases, including biomethane and hydrogen, can all play a part in helping decarbonise Ireland’s economy, and we are working to make this possible. 

By replacing natural gas with renewable gases and complementing intermittent renewable electricity, we are supporting Ireland’s journey to a cleaner energy future.

Transitioning to a clean energy economy by 2050 requires a balance between sustainability, security and affordability. Leveraging existing energy assets and capabilities will enable Ireland to reach its targets effectively. The national gas network is ready to play its role a delivering a cleaner energy future.

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Total number of employees

44 Temporary

Contract (perm/temp)

505 Permanent

15 Part Time

Type (full time/part time)

534 Full Time

155 Female

Gender

394 Male

Region

Dublin

253

Cork

279

Regional

14

Brussels (ENTSOG)

2  

NI

1  

We worked closely with our subcontractors Balfour Beatty CLG (BBCLG) who throughout 2020 provided response, maintenance and constructions services. BBCLG’s 330 employees work to the highest standards of quality and safety. The Networks Services Works Contract (NSWC) covers the following activities for the whole of Ireland;

  • Distribution construction
  • Distribution and telecom maintenance
  • Site works
  • Steel skid services
  • Meter reading
  • Network maintenance
  • Transmission construction
  • Reinstatement

There are no significant variations in the above disclosures and all data was compiled using internal data management systems.

Supply chain

The three pillars of our supply chain objectives

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Secure value-for-money
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Ensure compliance with all legal and governance requirements
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Minimise risk for our business

The key elements of our supply chain process

Procurement Strategy Setting

Vision Mission Core Values

Operating Model

Category Strategic Planning

Performance Management

Sourcing and category management

Strategic sourcing

Category policy setting

Category management framework

Compliance monitoring

Supplier management

Supplier performance

Management

Contract management

Supplier integration

Supplier development

Supplier relationship management 

Requisition to pay

Transaction processing

Assisted buying

Master data management

Fulfilment

Our supply chain in numbers

2020

Category suppliers

Capital suppliers

Transaction services suppliers

Unique suppliers total

Republic of Ireland

124

6

18

146

United Kingdom

18

1

2

21

Northern Ireland

9

1

1

10

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No significant changes have been made to our organisation or supply chain in 2020.

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We manage, monitor and report on principal risks and uncertainties that could impact our ability to deliver our strategic ambitions. The system of risk management and policy is well established and is consistently operated across the organisation. Our priority is to understand the risk environment, identify the specific risks and assess the potential exposure.

For more information, please see our risk management section.