Producing and delivering sustainable energy
SSE operates a range of energy generation assets across Ireland and has a responsibility to do so in an efficient, reliable and sustainable way. SSE aims to use resources responsibly and be transparent in its reporting of this. As a responsible operator, SSE must also work to minimise disturbance from its activities to the communities that it works within.
DOING THINGS SAFELY
We believe all accidents are preventable so, we do things safely and responsibly, or not at all. SSE has developed its ‘Safety Family’ programme – a unique discussion-based behavioural change programme designed to equip and empower individuals to bring about changed working practices. All of SSE’s employees in Ireland and Northern Ireland have had the opportunity to engage with the programme. For SSE’s 2015/16 safety performance see our Group Sustainability Report 2016 and our SSE Ireland KPI Report 2016/17.
DECARBONISING IRELAND'S ENERGY
As at 31 March 2016, SSE owned and operated 25 wind farms across the island of Ireland and is the largest generator of renewable energy in the all-island Single Electricity Market. At the end of financial year 2015/16, SSE Ireland had 155MW of onshore wind capacity in construction and a further 152MW of capacity in its project pipeline – increasing SSE’s total potential renewable capacity by 56% from 544MW to 851MW. The output from SSE’s renewable generation sites across the island increased from 1,267GWh in 2014/15 to 1,543GWh in 2015/16. This means that the carbon saved from SSE’s renewable output across the island also increased in this period, from 541,009tCO2e to 646,903tCO2e.
CLEANING UP OUR ACT
On behalf of 827 global institutional investors, CDP requests information from thousands of the world’s largest companies on their greenhouse gas emissions, and how they manage the risks and opportunities posed by climate change. In 2015/16, SSE was awarded a score of A- for its disclosure to CDP. We also achieved a 22% reduction in carbon emissions from the previous year. You can view SSE’s 2015/16 CDP submission here.