Privacy policy

1. In short, what does the Privacy Policy entail?

astoneco management (“astoneco”) is the operator of your personal data under the terms of the General Data Protection Regulation (henceforth, “GDPR”).

This policy describes the means through which astoneco collects and processes your personal data and the reasons for which this data is collected when you use our services or you visit our website – – hereinafter referred to as “Website”.


2. What type of personal data do we collect?

In order for you to easily send us your questions, suggestions or feedback, we provide you with a Contact Form. Using this form, we collect your name and your email address. We use this information for the sole purpose of answering your inquires, and we do not store the information in our website's database.

When you access our website, certain data is collected automatically. This data is anonymous and they cannot reveal your identity. The information we refer to is as follows:

  • Your IP address or the IP address of the proxy server (if you are using one)
  • The name of the domain you accessed (ex.
  • The name of your internet provider (this data is sometimes collected depending on the settings the internet provider established)
  • The date and time you accessed the website
  • The duration of your visit
  • The pages you accessed on our website
  • The website from which you accessed our website (if you did not access it directly)
  • The operating system, the browser and the display resolution of the equipment you used to access our website

In order to collect statistical data, we use Google Analytics; it uses cookies in order to perform this action. You can review our cookie policy here.


3. How do we use this information and what is the legal basis for collecting it?

astoneco processes your personal data with the following purposes, when astoneco or its commissioners have a legitimate interest, in accordance with Art. 6 (1) (f) of GDPR:

  • Communicating with you when you send a message through the contact form
  • Monitoring the website activity in order to avoid fraudulent actions, for example
  • Providing an improved experience on our website
  • Analysing the website traffic


4. To whom do we reveal your personal data? Categories of commissioners

astoneco reveals your personal data to the following commissioners:

  • IT services providers
  • State authorities in connection with the legal obligations by which we must abide
  • A third party, in order to respond to requests regarding an investigation or a suspicion of illegal activity
  • A third party, in order to protect our rights or to counter financial or reputation risks
  • Other recipients when we are allowed or we are required by the law

The transmission of data is made depending on concrete situations, limited to the objective of the processing and, based on the contracts signed with the commissioners, we ensure to abide by the GDPR provisions. Furthermore, the commissioners abide by the GDPR provisions in a similar way to the operators (including as regards the requirement of deleting or returning the data).

Please note: The use of commissioners is justified by business purposes; they are often specialised, professional services that can manage the necessary volumes and can provide the technology by which the operator can carry out its duties.

The data is not transmitted to all commissioners at the same time.


5. Your rights

GDPR confers more rights to those whose personal data is processed. In short, we shall explain these rights as follows:

  • The right to be informed is your right to know what type of personal data we collect from you and how we use it
  • The right of access is your right to receive a confirmation from us regarding whether or not we processed your data. If we processed your data, we must provide you with access to your data and with information regarding the ways in which it was processed
  • The right to data portability is your right to receive your personal data in a structured format that can be read automatically and that can be directly transmitted to another operator
  • The right to object is your right to object to the processing of your personal data when it disserves a public interest or a legitimate interest of ours
  • The right to rectification is your right to correct, with no unjustified delays, your inexact personal data
  • The right to erasure / the right to be forgotten is your right to have us erase the collected data with no unjustified delays, in any of the following situations: the data is no longer necessary to fulfil the purpose for which it had been collected; you withdrew your consent and there is no other judiciary basis for processing; you oppose processing; your data was collected illegally; the data must be erased in order to abide by a legal obligation; the data was collected by offering services from the information society
  • The right to restrict processing can be exercised if the accuracy of the data is contested on a certain period of time that is enough to verify the data; if the processing is illegal but the user does not wish to erase the data, but to restrict it; if we no longer need the personal data for processing purposes, but the user requests the data in order to defend a right in court; if the user opposed the processing in the time period when it is verified if the legitimate rights prevail over the user’s rights
  • Rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling – the right to not be subjected to a decision when it is based on automatic processing. GDPR defines profiling as any automatic form of processing with the purpose of evaluating certain personal aspects, such as work performance, health, personal preferences, financial situation, location and others. If an organisation uses profiling, it must take certain security measures, the personal data must be secured and there must be certain measures that allow for the anomalies to be corrected with a minimum risk of error.


6. How long is your personal data stored?

The personal data collected through forms is NOT stored on the website. It is sent directly via email to those who handle your message/request.

The statistical data collected on your equipment is stored for 14 months.


7. How do we keep your data safe?

The safety of your personal data is very important to us. Therefore, we pledge to apply all technical and organisational measures to ensure the safety of your personal data, its protection from destruction, modification, disclosure or unauthorised access. You should however be aware that no data transmission by Internet can be 100% guaranteed to be safe.

The communication between your browser and the server is secured, using SSL.


8. Contact and support for your data

You can exercise all of your rights through a written, dated and signed request, sent to us via:

Post office, address: Loop Head Smart Engagement Centre, Rahona East, Carrigaholt, Co. Clare, V15XW14, Ireland

Our Mission

To cultivate clarity, partnerships and management processes within and between organisations, communities and authorities to make projects that everyone wants.

Our Values

Respect. We respect each other, our clients, our partners and the right of everyone to take part in decisions that affect them.

Clarity. We strive for clear understanding by all stakeholders of current realities, objectives, risks, aspirations and opportunities, in order to enable informed decisions.

Creativity. We work to stimulate creativity in thought and action, with a view to reach common objectives and mobilise required innovations.

Can-do. We believe there are solutions to our shared challenges and we know that together we can realise them.

Our Vision

Organisations, communities, government bodies and individuals are successful through contributing to a prosperous and sustainable society.

Programme Overview

This document gives an overview of the project and some of its key considerations.

The project researched, developed, trailed & critically examined a successful approach* to enable developers and project neighbours to design energy projects wanted by both, through an inclusive and informed decision making process.

Results, guidance and case studies are provided to build confidence in the use of this approach

* Successfully applied to over 20 infrastructure, energy and natural resource projects in 10 countries.

Situation Analysis

When it comes to wind farms in Ireland, there are those who are totally in favour, those who are totally opposed, and many in between. Where do these vastly differing viewpoints come from?

Listening to, understanding and acknowledging the perspectives of neighbours, industry and government enables effective discussions in the decision making process.

Literature Review

Early on in the project, the solutions being offered through the building of a Social License to Operate (SLO) were examined through this literature review. The review digs deep into the opportunities & challenges therein.

The SLO concept is used extensively in the extractive industries. More recently it has been applied to wind farms.

Core to the approach is the examination and addressing of distributional and procedural justice issues as well as potential negative externalities associated with their operations

Guide to earning local support for energy projects in Ireland

While project developers put significant effort into a project’s readiness for finance, a strategic focus on what the project means for local communities is equally important.

This often requires a place where all potentially impacted individuals can find out the full facts of what is being proposed, before a project is designed.

But how can such a process be established? This guide looks at a process to do this.

Local Support Checklist

Experience from projects with potential community impacts – be it renewable energy infrastructure, natural resource developments, tourism or infrastructure – shows that there are some basic steps that a project developer, and a community, ignore at their peril.

This Quick Guide acts as an aid memoire to ensure these steps are taken in time.

Case Studies

Busy people want to see that an approach can deliver before adopting it. Especially an approach that requires some change and significant investment in time and resources.

If other peers in the industry have not tried it out yet and proven it works then this is more so the case. It would be nice if all solutions were de-risked before having to choose them. But being a leader in the field also has its benefits.

A series of projects have been undertaken to help demonstrate and build confidence in the approach outlined in the Guide to design projects wanted by both neighbours and developers.

To focus in on detail, each project demonstrates different combinations of aspects of the Guide.

Some of these case studies are named and are ongoing; others have preferred to remain unnamed for now.


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Next steps

Turning current community concerns into strengths through re-imagining how the wind industry designs projects is a great opportunity to significantly improve the earning of local support.

It also has great potential to contribute to another government policy pillar besides that of decarbonisation our economy: namely to meet our sustainable development goals.

To facilitate this, an accelerated process to address the concerns of decision makers so they have the confidence to embrace this opportunity is needed.

This section documents further work and research that will help this happen.