Responsible operator

Producing and delivering sustainable energy

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SSE operates a range of assets across the UK and Ireland and has a responsibility to do this in an efficient, reliable and sustainable way. SSE aims to use resources responsibly and be transparent in its reporting of this. As a responsible operator, SSE must also work to minimise disturbance from its activities to the communities that it works within. 

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SSE's resilience to climate change

The Paris Agreement on climate change is proving to be a key moment in the global response to preventing climate change. SSE has modelled the company's resilience to the decarbonisation of the electricity industry in Great Britain, against warming scenarios of 1.5oC, 2oC and a business as usual scenario, in line with 3-4oC warming. This 'Post-Paris' report represents SSE's first attempt to disclose its assessment.

You can read the report here.

Cleaning up our act

On behalf of more than 800 institutional investor signatories, CDP requests information on climate risks and low carbon opportunities from the world's largest companies.

For its environmental performance during 2016/17, SSE was awarded a score of B through the CDP Climate Change programme. SSE achieved a 14% reduction in total carbon emissions in 2016/17 compared to the previous year.

You can view SSE's CDP 2017 Climate Change submission here.

Delivering improved safety performance

At SSE, safety is our number one priority - if it's not safe, we don't do it.

In 2017, SSE launched its 50by20 safety initiative. The aim is to introduce ambitious new targets which change thinking and behaviour on safety. These will include: a reduction in the combined employee and contractor Total Recordable Injury Rate (TRIR) by 50% by 2020; ensuring that SSE focusses on not having any life changing injuries; and encouraging everyone at SSE to be committe to looking after their own health and wellbeing.

For SSE's 2016/17 safety performance, see page 38 of our Sustainability Report 2017.

Innovating for the future

Our Networks business is exploring new, lower carbon ways to operate the electricity networks of the future.

These include: the Thames Valley Vision project, a £30 million collaborative project established to explore how electricity networks of the future can be managed differently to help the UK achieve a low carbon economy; and My Electric Avenue, which aims to understand how local electricity networks can cope with charging clusters of electric vehicles.

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Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre

SSE has been leading the renewables revolution for over 70 years and continues to do so as one of the UK’s largest generators of renewable energy. In January 2017 we opened a new £4m visitor centre at the Pitlochry Dam and power station in the heart of Perthshire. The Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre showcases the unique history of hydro-electricity in the north of Scotland, telling the story of remarkable feats of engineering and demonstrating how the introductin of electricity to these areas greatly improved people's lives. The free visitor centre is open all year and welcomed almost 150,000 visitors in its first year alone. Click here to understand more about our heritage.

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