Sustainability and ESB: working towards a greener Britain

Sustainability and ESB

We are leading the way to a clean energy future powered by low-carbon electricity. We’re innovating and investing to make this a reality. Over the next decade, we will completely transform our operations, replacing old plants with a mixture of renewable's and high efficiency gas. This will cut the carbon intensity of our generation mix by over two thirds and give us the flexibility we need to allow more renewable's to come online. By 2030, about 40 per cent of our generation will be from renewable sources such as wind, solar and biomass. 

We’re making strides towards a more sustainable future

In order to fully realise our sustainability goals, we look at everything we do from a holistic perspective. From the energy we produce to the energy we use, we’re proud of the steps we’re taking towards being a truly greener company every day.

We’re powering a greener tomorrow

Our commitment to reducing our various power stations’ CO2 emissions has inevitably led us to renewable, sustainable energy. Working to produce green energy for our planet and our customers is of paramount importance to us, and so we’ve invested in it hugely.

That’s why, by the end of 2012, we had added a significant portion of wind-generated energy to our system: across Britain, our wind farms supply over 400MW of renewable energy to over 80,000 homes, schools, businesses, hospitals and farms. We plan to triple this amount by the end of 2020.

Our newest sustainable innovations are leading the way there

Our recent addition, Carrington power station, opened in 2016, and is built to support renewable energy production, such as wind and solar power. Not only this, but it’s also the most efficient plant of its type in the whole of Great Britain.

We’re especially proud of our latest and most significant sustainability milestone: a new power station in Essex’s Port of Tilbury which we begun building in 2017. The station, generating green electricity from waste wood, is designed to produce 100% renewable energy. With enough power for over 90,000 homes, the significance of this station goes beyond our collective commitment to sustainability. It will play a valuable role in helping the UK meet its clean energy targets.

We’re building a greener company from the inside out

As a company, we’re constantly adding to our in-house sustainability initiatives and thinking about ways we can use energy responsibly.

One of the steps we’re taking towards a greener future is gathering experts together to brainstorm ways to do better. We’re passionate about engaging with independent, creative minds. At our first ‘hackathon’, The Big Energy Hack, we called upon people from diverse fields to help find tangible solutions to minimise carbon emissions and fight climate change through the home, electric cars and smart grids. We’re putting some of their great ideas into action.