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Derek Scully

Head of Corporate Affairs, Energia Group

Powering the decarbonisation of the energy system across the island of Ireland through ambitious ESG goals is the focus of this leading integrated energy company.

At Energia Group, we have been at the forefront of the energy transition on the island of Ireland, investing in renewables and new innovative technologies, as well as delivering energy to over 830,000 customer sites. Our €3 billion Positive Energy investment programme will help deliver a strong pipeline of new renewable projects that will help decarbonise the power system and facilitate the achievement of 2030 targets.

ESG plans and accomplishments

Decarbonisation, security of supply and affordability will be key pillars in achieving a sustainable energy future. Our 15 operating wind farms, well-advanced onshore and offshore wind and solar sites, as well as numerous battery storage, grid services and green hydrogen production facilities, can collectively contribute to the 2030 targets.

The Huntstown campus in Dublin is critical to the security of supply and will help manage the transition to an increasingly decarbonised power system. We are also evolving the offering to our customers, ensuring that no one is left behind.

We hold the ‘Business Working Responsibly Mark’ having recently been recertified by Business in the Community, and our ESG team was recently recognised as ‘ESG Best Performer of the Year (Large Companies +1000 employees)’ at the 2024 Green Awards.

Derek Scully, Head of Corporate Affairs at Energia Group says: “Our ESG efforts are a vital component of who we are as an organisation. We are committed to integrating ESG across our business and have aligned our responsible business activities to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We believe that by aligning our activities to the broader global efforts to deliver the SDGs, we are demonstrating our commitment to the communities in which we operate, to our employees and to climate action.”

Commitment to climate action and the environment

We have set ambitious targets for 2030 to generate three times as much renewable energy from onshore wind and solar projects and to reduce the carbon intensity of our electricity generation by 50%, compared to 2019. Further demonstrating our commitment to climate action, we achieved a B score in the CDP Climate Change Programme in 2023, and we are a Business Supporter of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan and member of Business for Biodiversity.

We are demonstrating our commitment to
the communities in which we operate,
to our employees and to climate action.

Commitment to our people

As examples of our focus on allyship at work and as part of our broader strategy to support all employees through every stage of life, new women’s health policies have recently been introduced, with the support of our active Women in Energy network. We are also providing free, eco-friendly period care products to employees in all our offices through a partnership with Riley, a female-founded Irish business. We are signatories to the Business in the Community Elevate pledge and hold the Bronze Diversity Mark in Northern Ireland.
Commitment to customers

We are steadfast in our commitment to providing our residential and business customers with the best value and service — and to helping them with their energy transition journey. Customers are supported in this through educational awareness campaigns on the energy transition and the provision of a range of innovative energy services, products and advice.

Commitment to communities

Energia Group has a long-standing record of working with community groups to enhance local areas and benefit local people. We have invested almost €4 million in communities across the island through our wind farm community benefit funds. Through our Greener Possibilities Fund, we are also supporting four incredible organisations with whom our staff can volunteer. Each has a positive focus and impact on sustainability and communities, through initiatives that are aligned with our focus on the SDGs.

With sustainability at the core of our business strategy and operations, we are committed to playing our part in powering a sustainable energy future on the island of Ireland.

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