Balancing impacts and making better decisions
In 2016/17, SSE contributed €779m to the Irish economy, or 0.4% of the country’s entire Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This latest figure takes the company’s overall contribution to the economy here to more than €5bn over the last six years. A study, which was commissioned by SSE and conducted by professional services firm PwC, also revealed that SSE supported over 4,700 jobs in Ireland last year.
SSE's contribution to Ireland's economy comes from developing and building projects in the right way. This means: selecting the best projects; designing projects that do more than just comply with statutory planning guidelines; consulting and engaging with the communities that host our projects in a way they believe is effective; seeking to ensure we maximise local job opportunities and contract awards to local businesses; delivering long term, sustainable benefits for the local area; and at all times behaving as a responsible member of the community that we are working in.
PROTECTING, RESTORING AND ENHANCING BIODIVERSITY
The SSE Group publishes its Biodiversity Report on an annual basis. The latest Biodiversity Report features case studies on biodiversity measures that have been taken across the business, and sets out SSE’s Biodiversity Strategy with the progress that has been made against it during the calendar year.
CASE STUDY: GALWAY WIND PARK
Galway Wind Park (a joint venture between SSE and Coillte) will be Ireland’s largest onshore wind development. SSE and Coillte worked together to quantify the most material economic, social and environmental impacts of the project. Main findings include: €88.7m added to Irish GDP and 1,657 years of Irish employment supported; €20m spent with local suppliers; enough renewable energy generated to power 89,000 homes and save 190,000 tCO2 from being released into the atmosphere; over €150,000 granted to community groups during construction and a multi-million euro community fund available during operation. Click here to read the full report.