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Sustainability

Sustainable energy can be defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising future generations.

The need to deliver a sustainable future is vital. The burning of fossil fuels to power our homes and businesses has pumped greenhouse gases into the atmosphere – disrupting the climate, and inflicting floods, wildfires, and violent storms on every region of the globe.

Recent reports show the risks associated with securing energy from overseas, while the increasing cost of fossil fuel-based energy has been felt by households across the country. The answer to these issues is sitting on our doorstep and just waiting to be realised.

We must address the issues of climate change. To do so, developing more secure and sustainable sources of renewable energy is essential.

Not only does NISA have the potential to develop a sustainable form of energy, but it is also guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The sustainability of the project is strengthened by delivering climate action, by ensuring a responsible supply chain and by engaging in essential and meaningful stakeholder engagement with the local community and the resident fishing community. 

Climate Action

The urgency of the need to deliver climate action is now beyond any doubt. This urgency, coupled with the visible impacts of climate change can lead many of us to a sense of helplessness and fear.

According to a recent report by the Environmental Protection Agency, called Climate Change in the Irish Mind:

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  • 85%

    of Irish people are worried about climate change
  • 78%

    say that taking action on climate change will improve Ireland's quality of life
  • 62%

    think taking action on climate change will improve economic growth and create jobs
  • 90%

    say that Ireland has a responsibility to act on climate change and should do what it can to reduce its own greenhouse emissions

That's where projects like NISA come in.

NISA can tackle climate change by:

  • Powering thousands of homes with clean energy
  • Displacing thousands of tonnes of CO2
  • Providing green energy to power homes, heating, cars and businesses
  • Helping Ireland meet its ambitious targets of 80% renewables by 2030
  • Delivering a dedicated Community Benefit Fund that could help local households adopt low-carbon technologies like retrofitting, insulation, and heating solutions.

In the most recent Climate Action Plan , Ireland committed to increasing its offshore wind capacity to 5GW by 2030 and reach 80% renewable energy by 2030. NISA has a key role to play in reaching these targets.

And this is possible. 35% of Ireland’s electricity came from wind in 2023 and it was the No. 1 year on record for wind energy generation.

Ireland’s electricity grid started out as a world leader in renewable energy with the construction and operation of the Ardnacrusha facility in the 1929. Our electricity demand has continued to grow over the years, and it is clear that our electricity generation system needs to revert to its roots in developing a clean, green renewable energy mix.

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Photomontage Viewer

The location of each baseline photograph is surveyed to within 10cm of accuracy meaning the photomontages are extremely accurate in terms of location and size of the proposed turbines. These photomontages are created using an industry standard process and governed by very strict guidelines. They have also been peer reviewed as part of the proposed development’s EIA process, with no concerns regarding the validity of the photomontages.