Managing our Environmental Risks
At ESB Networks, we are committed to caring for the environment and conducting our activities in an environmentally responsible way. At the same time, we play a vital role in contributing to the sustainable development of our country and economy.
We recognise that our operations have the potential to impact on the environment if not managed responsibly. We have, therefore, embedded the principles of Environmental Management into our business and proactively take all necessary measures to ensure we manage our environmental risks and minimise our impact on the environment.
ESB Networks operates an Environmental Management System (EMS) which is externally accredited to the ISO 14001 Standard. The EMS acts as a framework for ensuring that ESBN complies with its legislative and regulatory obligations, while also providing assurance that it is managing its environmental risks in a proactive and responsible way.
Fluid Filled Cables
Like many international utilities, ESB Networks install underground cables in urban locations where it is not feasible to construct overhead lines. Fluid filled cables were installed on ESB Networks distribution and transmission systems between 1950 and 1989. ESB Networks plan to replace all fluid filled cables by 2035.
Replacement is prioritised based upon environmental risk for the circuit involved.