Access to Information on the Environment (AIE) and EirGrid

How you can make an environmental information request

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. 

Only “environmental information” may be requested under the AIE Regulations. 

Requests under Freedom of Information or GDPR can be made via the links below.

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 Cannot Be Requested 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.

Making an AIE Request

Your AIE request must:

  1. Be made in writing or in electronic form,
  2. State that the request is being 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. Specify whether you require access to environmental information in a particular form or manner.

You can make an AIE request:

AIE Officer
FOI Unit
Block 2
The Oval
160 Shelbourne Road
Dublin 4

There is no fee for submitting an AIE request to EirGrid.

Please be advised that our business hours are Monday to Friday 08:30 – 16:45 (excluding bank holidays). If your request is made outside of these business hours, it will be deemed to have been received on the next available business day.

EirGrid Publications and other Queries

Before making a request, please take the time to look through our Library. EirGrid may already have published records or information you are seeking. 

For more general queries please email info@eirgrid.com

For media-related enquiries, please contact our press office.