It has been refreshing to work for a company that has sustainability built into its core business strategy. I was privileged to be a keynote speaker at the 2022 Decarbonisation Summit in Manchester, collaborated across our business to develop a new human rights due diligence process for our solar supply chain, and am excited to be building a new Enterprise Environmental and Sustainability team that has the passion and drive to challenge SSE’s thinking and develop new innovate ways of working. My role is to develop and implement the Energy Solution sustainability plan (see below), assess and mitigate the environmental and social risks of our projects and operational sites, and raise net-zero/ decarbonisation awareness at events and across the SSE.
I am passionate about developing and collaborating with others to demonstrate how sustainability adds value to the business and the services we provide to our clients, the local community, and the planet. By layering up Energy Solution’s climate action, biodiversity, and social strategies and working on the high-risk issues with our supply chain so we can make significant innovative strides in reducing our impact on people and the planet.
This year a new social value strategy was developed that champions a Fair and Just net zero energy transition. We have 3 key objectives:
This strategy is underpinned by the regional hubs across the country that will bring renewable energy jobs to the areas where SSE Energy Solutions are building energy infrastructure.
There are many ways we encourage our staff to get involved:
Other than launching this social value strategy across the business and with our regional hubs’ stakeholders. I am also looking forward to strengthening our supplier engagement. Being clearer on our sustainability expectations with our supply chain, launching the new sustainability data capture tool to gather ESG data from our direct contractors, and building collaborative industry partnerships to work on material sustainability topics.