We are committed to making a positive impact on our communities by
creating everyday opportunities to make sustainable living commonplace
for everyone in Ireland.
In 2022 we were the first business in Ireland to take a number of pledges as part of ESB Networks’ “Beat the Peak” initiative, where we put in place a number of measures over the winter period to significantly reduce our peak electricity consumption, while fully maintaining our services during the busiest time of year. We reduced our electricity demand during the peak national usage time of 5pm to 7pm by 34MWh between 10th November and 30th December, exceeding our ambition of 30 MWh, with initiatives such as:
- Limiting automated heating systems in our offices to 19 degrees Celsius and the development of a similar fix for manual systems.
- Staggering the recharging schedules of our EVs so that only 50% of the fleet was charged between 5pm and 7pm.
- All non-essential equipment and technology in Post Offices, mails depots and other buildings, such as the GPO, were switched off fully overnight (i.e. not left on standby) and all decorative (i.e. non-security or operational) lighting turned off at 6pm.
- We also encouraged our 9,000+ employees to get involved in the domestic “Beat the Peak” challenge, helping us all to leave a mark we can be proud of.