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AES UK and Ireland brings biodiversity to life in Mid and East Antrim

AES UK & Ireland (AES) is the owner and operator of Kilroot and Ballylumford power stations and directly employs around 250 people in Mid/East Antrim.

Background

AES UK and Ireland has an active renewable energy and energy storage development pipeline track record in the UK. Its Northern Ireland operations are part of the AES Corporation’s global portfolio of businesses operating in 18 countries worldwide, employing 18,500 people.

What AES UK and Ireland did

AES’ generating sites in Northern Ireland include 200 circa hectares of biodiversity rich land holdings which it aims to manage with an environmentally aware conscience alongside the guidance of its long-term charity partner Ulster Wildlife and dedicated AES Green Teams. AES aims raise awareness of these mini nature reserves that exist in Mid & East Antrim through inviting local people, schools and environmental experts on site to support the protection and enhancement of these key habitats for nationally important species of flora and fauna.

In addition, AES undertook a complete overhaul of its Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy in 2015, and in consultation with employees AES invested both financially and in-kind through employee time to Biodiversity-themed initiatives. A number of programmes were funded and activities were undertaken under the Biodiversity theme which included: pollution prevention schemes at both sites; schools programmes; tree planting; beach cleans; biodiversity awareness projects; and engagement with Environmental staff in Mid & East Antrim Council.

The outcomes and impacts

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  • 30% reduction in nitrous oxide emissions at Kilroot Power Station
  • Ten year partnership with Ulster Wildlife
  • 14% of employees involved in Green Teams across both sites
  • Local relationships with schools developed
  • To find out more, email claire.addison@aes.com