Access to Information on the Environment

EirGrid is a public authority for the purposes of the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment Regulations) 2007 to 2014, (the “AIE Regulations”).

The AIE Regulations give you the right to access environmental information held by, or for EirGrid and Public Authorities. Only environmental information may be requested under the AIE Regulations. To make a request under Freedom of Information, click here. To make a request under GDPR, click here.

 

What is Environmental Information?

The AIE Regulations provide us with a definition for “environmental information”. It means any information in written, visual, aural, electronic or any other material form on;-

(a) The state of the elements of the environment, such as air and atmosphere, water, soil, land, landscape and natural sites including wetlands, coastal and marine areas, biological diversity and its components, including genetically modified organisms and the interaction among these elements;

(b) Factors, such as substances, energy, noise, radiation or waste, including radioactive waste, emissions, discharges and other releases into the environment, affecting or likely to affect the elements of the environment;

(c) Measures (including administrative measures), such as policies, legislation, plans, programmes, environmental agreements, and activities affecting or likely to affect the elements and factors referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b) as well as measures or activities designed to protect those elements;

(d) Reports on the implementation of environmental legislation;

(e) Cost-benefit and other economic analyses and assumptions used within the framework of the measures and activities referred to in paragraph (c); and

(f)The state of human health and safety, including the contamination of the food chain, where relevant, conditions of human life, cultural sites and built structures in as much as they are, or may be, affected by the state of the elements of the environment referred to in paragraph (a) or, through those elements, by any of the matters referred to in paragraphs (b) and (c).

What information is not available under the AIE Regulations?

The AIE Regulations do not apply to Environmental Information that is required to be made available under any other statutory provision.

Information that does not come within the scope of the definition of Environmental Information, and which is not already publicly available, can be requested under the Freedom of Information Acts.

How to make an AIE request

A request to EirGrid for environmental information should be made in electronic form by email to aie@eirgrid.com or in writing by post to:

AIE Officer, EirGrid Plc,

160 Shelbourne Road

Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

A request for environmental information shall:

  1. Be made in writing or by electronic form,
  2. State that the request is made under the AIE Regulations,
  3. State your name, address and any other relevant contact details,
  4. State, in terms that are specific as possible, the environmental information that is the subject of your request , and
  5. If you require access to environmental information in a particular form or manner, please specify the form or manner of access desired.

There is no initial fee required when lodging a request for information under the AIE Regulations.

Where the information is held by a public body other than EirGrid we will either refer your request directly to the appropriate body or advise you of the appropriate public body to whom the request should be directed.

 

Decision on a request

EirGrid will acknowledge the request within two weeks of receiving it, and generally make a decision on the request within one month, or two months in certain cases, depending on the complexity or volume of information sought . If EirGrid does not respond within one month, the decision is deemed to have been refused and you can proceed to the review stage.

A decision on a request may be to:

  • grant,
  • part grant or
  • refuse the information requested.

Refusals: The Regulations set out mandatory and discretionary grounds for a refusal of information. These will be specified in writing if applicable.

Appeals

If you are not satisfied with the decision on your request, there is a comprehensive appeals system available to challenge the decision.  

  1. You may first ask for an internal review of the original decision. This decision will be carried out by a person of the same rank or higher. Requests for an internal review must be made to EirGrid within one month of receipt of the original decision.
  2. If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the internal review you may ask the Commissioner for Environmental Information to review the matter.