Gas Networks Ireland has reduced its carbon footprint by 27% over the last decade, the company'ss 2019 Sustainability Report shows today. 

The network operator also exceeded the public sector energy reduction target by 11%, delivering a 44% reduction. 

It also has plans to reduce its carbon emissions even further in the future, both within its own operations and from decarbonising the gas transported through the network.

Gas Networks Ireland connects over 705,000 businesses and homes to the country's gas network. 

Along with parent company Ervia, Gas Networks Ireland published Vision 2050 in 2019.

Vision 2050 is a roadmap to a carbon neutral gas network with reduced emissions across every sector of the economy, by transporting renewable gases such as biomethane and hydrogen. 

As part of the plan to a clean energy future, Gas Networks Ireland last year commissioned the first purpose-built renewable gas entry point in Cush, Co Kildare, through which renewable gas is now commercially flowing onto the network. 

A hydrogen innovation facility is also under construction in Brownsbarn in Dublin.

A further €2m funding for research and development of low carbon energy projects has been committed through the Gas Innovation Fund. 

Gas Networks Ireland's annual report also highlights a 99% recycling rate across its offices.

Anne Moore, Gas Networks Ireland's Sustainability Manager, said the company is always mindful of its sustainability responsibilities.

She said it aims to contribute to the protection of the environment while supporting the social and economic development of the communities it operates in, as well as the wider economy. 

"We believe that our Sustainability in Action strategy will continue to improve our business in a sustainable and responsible way, particularly now as we navigate new ways of working through the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic," Ms Moore added.