Balancing impacts and making better decisions
Developing and upgrading the energy infrastructure in the UK and Ireland is an essential part of providing the energy people need. SSE is investing around £4m a day in new energy infrastructure in the UK and is supporting the transition towards a low carbon economy. We recognise that while new projects can create jobs, they can also have visual and physical impacts on landscapes and the environment. We therefore strive to develop these projects responsibly, listening to stakeholders and responding in a balanced way.
SSE believes that district heating can play a leading role as we continue efforts to decarbonise the heat sector. In 2012, Cube Housing Association partnered with SSE to install a retrofit district heating system at the Wyndford Estate in Maryhill, Glasgow. Working with partners, SSE has quantified some of the social, environmental and economic impacts of installing the retrofit district heating system.
The results were encouraging, showing lives have improved, comfort has increased, carbon emissions have fallen and jobs and economic value have been created. You can read the full report here.
Protecting, restoring and enhancing biodiversity
SSE has published its Biodiversity Report 2015which sets out the approach we take to managing the impacts arising from our core business activities.
In this short video, Lead Environmental Project Manager Richard Baldwin explains some of the ways in which SSE works to protect the ecology, the environment and the people who live and work in our project areas.
Caithness-Moray transmission project
The Caithness-Moray transmission reinforcement is SSE’s largest ever capital investment at £1.1bn. SSE has assessed the most material economic and social impacts of the 100 mile High Voltage Direct Current link between Spittal in central Caithness and Blackhillock in Moray, which include: an estimated £643.5m to be spent with UK-based suppliers and contractors; 217 local people employed in the rural north of Scotland; and £3.55m spend on local accommodation in Caithness and Sutherland and Moray to date.
Read the full report here.
Galway Wind Park Sustainability Impact Report
Galway Wind Park (a joint venture between SSE and Coillte) will be Ireland’s largest onshore wind development. SSE and Coillte worked together to quantify the most material economic, social and environmental impacts of the project. Main findings include: €88.7m added to Irish GDP and 1,657 years of Irish employment supported; €20m spent with local suppliers; enough renewable energy generated to power 89,000 homes and save 190,000 tCO2 from being released into the atmosphere; over €150,000 granted to community groups during construction and a multi-million euro community fund available during operation.
Click here to read the full report.