Environmental Information Requests

ESB Networks DAC is a public authority for purposes of the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007-2014 ("the AIE Regulations"). Under the AIE Regulations you are entitled to request access to information on the environment that is held by or for ESB networks DAC.

ESB Networks DAC

As a vertically integrated utility, ESB operates right across the electricity market: from generation, through transmission and distribution to supply.  These activities are carried out through various business units and subsidiary companies.  One of these subsidiary companies, ESB Networks DAC, a ring-fenced subsidiary within ESB Group, is the licensed Distribution System Operator for Ireland and in this capacity operates the electricity distribution system in the Republic of Ireland.  ESB Networks DAC manages ESB's Transmission Asset Owner and Distribution  Asset Owner functions under contractual arrangements approved by the Commission for Energy Regulation.

ESB Networks DAC is a Public Authority for purposes of the AIE Regulations.  Information on the activities carried out by ESB Networks DAC are available here

ESB is also a separate Public Authority for purposes of the AIE Regulations.  Information on the activities carried out by ESB are available at here.  Information about making an AIE request to ESB is available here.

Only environmental information can be requested under the Regulations; "environmental information" means any information in written, visual, aural, electronic or any other material form on:

1.  the state of the elements of the environment, such as and atmosphere, water, soil, land, landscape and natural sites including wetlands, coastal and marine areas, biological diversity and its components, including genetically modified organisms and the interaction among these elements;

2.  factors, such as substances, energy, noise, radiation or waste, including radioactive waste, emissions, discharges and other releases into the environment, affecting or likely to affect the elements of the environment;

3. measures (including administrative measures), such as policies, legislation, plans, programmes, environmental agreements, and activities affecting or likely to affect the elements and factors referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b) as well as measures or activities designed to protect those elements;

4. reports on the implementation of environmental legislation;

5. cost-benefit and other economic analyses and assumptions used within the framework of the measures and activities referred to in paragraph (c); and

6. the state of human health and safety, including the contamination of the food chain, where relevant, conditions of human life, cultural sites and built structures in as much as they are, or may be, affected by the state of the elements of the environment referred to in paragraph (a) or, through those elements, by any of the matters referred to in paragraphs (b) and (c).

Please note that certain environmental information relating to our business is already publically available through the Environmental Protection Agency's website www.epa.ie or requests can be made directly to the Environmental Protection Agency.  Similarly, information submitted by ESB Networks DAC as part of the planning process is also publicly available through the relevant local authority's website or An Bord Pleanála's website www.pleanala.ie, or by contacting the relevant bodies directly.

Our latest Sustainability Report provides further information about our environmental strategy and performance and is available here

To submit a request for environmental information to ESB Networks DAC you should:

      AIE Requests Co-ordinator (Attn: ESB Networks DAC),

      Mr. Sean Kirwan,

      Gateway, East Wall Road, Dublin 3 D03 A995

 All requests should:

  • be made in writing or electronic form
  • state that the request is made under the AIE Regulations
  • state whether the request is made to either ESB or ESB Networks DAC
  • state your name, address and any other relevant contact details
  • state as specifically as possible, the environmental information that you require, and
  • if you require access to the environmental information in a particular form or manner, specify the form or manner of access desired.

 When a request is made to ESB Networks DAC under the AIE Regulations and (i) the environmental information requested is not held by ESB Networks DAC and (ii) ESB Networks DAC believes that the information is or may be held by another Public Authority under the AIE Regulations, ESB Networks DAC will transfer your requests as soon as possible to the relevant Public Authority under Article 7(6) of the AIE Regulations.  In these circumstances you will be informed that your request has been transferred.

As provided for under the AIE Regulations, ESB Networks DAC will try to respond to your request as soon as possible.  No later than one month after the receipt of your request we will either respond with a decision, notify you of the transfer of your request to another Public Authority or notify you that an extra month is required (as provided under the AIE Regulations) to deal with your request.

Charges may be applied for photocopying of documents.  Charges will be:

1.  Photocopy: €0.04 per A4 page

2. CD: €10.16

Under the AIE Regulations, you have the right to request an nternal appeal of any decision issued to you in response to a request for environmental information made in accordance wth the AIE Regulations.  Details on how to request an internal appeal will be set out in the response issued to you.

You can find more information on the AIE regulations at these external links.

Unofficial Consolidated Access to Information on the Environment Regulations 2007-2014

http://www.environ.ie/en/Legislation/Environment/Miscellaneous/FileDownLoad,30002,en.pdf

Guidance Notice to Access to Information on the Environment Regulations 2007

www.housing.gov.ie/environment/access-information-environment/guidance-notes

Aarthus Guidelines

www.unece.org/env/pp/implementation guide.html

 Types of Environmental Information held by or for ESB Networks DAC

(Note that the following list is non exhaustive but is illustrative of the type of environmental information held by ESB Networks DAC).

Information on:

  • Biodiversity including Policy and environmental impact studies;
  • Environmental Compliance, including licenses and permits;
  • Emissions into the environment, including emissions from generating stations and information regarding Transmission and Distribution Losses
  • Electromagnetic Fields (commonly known as EMF)
  • Effluents and Waste, including waste and litter management, waste licenses and statistics;
  • ESB Environmental Management System, which is externally certified to the International Standard ISO 14001, including job aids, policies and procedures emergency response information, communication information and initiatives;
  • Maps, including geographical network diagram information systems. (Note that maps held by ESB Networks DAC do not necessarily constitute environmental information in and of themselves, but may contain environmental information).
  • Information relating to Planning Matters, including;
  • Planning Applications,
  • Planning Permissions
  • Appropriate Assessments
  • Screening
  • Environmental Impact Assessments
  • Strategic Environmental Assessments

These reports focus on:

  • Development of a low-carbon portfolio
  • Energy efficiency and affordability for customers
  • Development of resilient networks to facilitate renewable energy
  • Evolution of emerging technologies
  • Operational energy-efficient and environmental management