Our determination to act in a sustainable way is embedded throughout all our different business operations and is one our six core values. That means being a responsible operator, developer and community member.
As such, we are dedicated in our commitment to sustainability and the environment.

Providing the supporting infrastructure for a low carbon economy

Renewable energy is a fundamental part of the move towards a low carbon economy both in Great Britain and in Scotland however much of our transmission network was not designed for the substantial volume generated from renewable energy. As such, we are undertaking fundamentally required investment during the RIIO-T1 period (2013 - 2021) to reinforce our network to facilitate connections to it. Over the coming decade, we expect to significantly expand our network to facilitate the growth of renewable generation in the north of Scotland in order to meet national renewable energy targets.

Renewable energy, nurturing the growth of green

Many renewable generation developers seek to locate their projects in our area due to the natural resources available to them. While we do not discriminate against any generator that is able to meet the technical and commercial standards to connect to the transmission system we are most proud to help the ever growing number of green third parties that are applying to connect to our network.

Sustainability was also included as one of our 2016 goals, where we have set ourselves the target of becoming the leading global utility in the field of sustainability and environmental impact.

 

 

How we support Sustainability and the Environment

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Stakeholder Engagement

Developing and building our projects in the right way

We do not believe it is possible to deliver our plans without taking a long-term, sustainable view of our projects, both individually and combined, considering the impact on the environment, society and the wider economy.

Protecting, restoring and enhancing biodiversity

Managing the environmental impacts of our assets is a key aspect of our transmission network in this time of significant change, elevated public opinion and increased legislative requirement. Full environmental impact assessments or appraisals are conducted as part of planning applications and our environmental team works hard to develop optimal solutions that consider the environment and our stakeholders.

Once our projects are completed our operations team, who are responsible for the operation and maintenance of the asset during its life, receive an environmental handover pack with details all of the known constraints so that should any maintenance be required it can be undertaken with due regard to the environment.

Preserving our visual amenities

We recognise that our activities will almost inevitably have an environmental impact. In the case of renewable generation, the less favourable visual impact is often outweighed by the overall environmental benefit of the resulting lower carbon generation. At the planning stage we make every effort to understand how the natural environment can be used to screen and lessen visual impact, and where possible, we use natural contours, gullies and ridges.

Minimising our carbon footprint

We recognise that as well as assisting others to achieve their low carbon objectives, there are also measures that we can implement ourselves to minimise our carbon footprint and the possible impacts of greenhouse gases on society.

As a growing business we are working to develop an appropriate solution to allow us to accurately report our carbon footprint in an open and transparent way that allows stakeholders to understand our year-on-year performance against a background of business growth.

We have targeted a 2% reduction year-on-year across our building energy usage and transport functions.