Washington Gas, a WGL company (NYSE: WGL), today announced that it beat
two aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals four years
ahead of schedule as part of an ongoing commitment to sustainable
business practices and environmental stewardship.
Washington Gas achieved a 74 percent reduction in absolute GHG emissions
from its fleet and facilities and a 20 percent reduction in methane
emissions for every unit of natural gas delivered, exceeding goals of 70
percent and 18 percent, respectively, by 2020.
Veritas North America provided an independent verification of the
GHG emissions for both the baseline (2008) and 2014 years, validating
the reduction. Washington Gas surpassed its emissions reduction goals
earlier than projected through several initiatives, including:
Establishing a LEED Gold-certified Washington Gas operations
headquarters in Springfield, Virginia. The facility uses Bloom Energy
server fuel cells that use natural gas to generate electricity,
producing almost half the emissions of conventional grid electricity,
and employs a wide range of energy efficiency technologies.
Deploying nearly 200 natural gas vehicles in the Washington Gas fleet.
Accelerated pipeline replacement programs in Maryland, Virginia and
the District of Columbia to enhance the efficiency, safety and
reliability of its natural gas system.
The combination of fleet, facilities and gas supply (intensity) measures
has avoided approximately 312,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2)
emissions from 2008 until 2014. It would take more than 8 million trees
10 years to eliminate the equivalent amount of CO2. A fact
sheet is available for more details on both of the achievements. In
addition, you can view a video on the fleet and facilities result here.
"WGL is dedicated to sustainability as a core company value and I am
proud of the efforts of our employees, contractors and communities who
have made it possible for us to exceed these objectives ahead of
schedule," said Terry McCallister, Chairman and CEO of WGL Holdings, Inc
and Washington Gas.
"We look forward to introducing new carbon reduction goals soon that
will build on this progress and demonstrate our continued commitment to
the communities we serve in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region
that has been in place since our founding nearly 170 years ago," added
Melissa Adams, Division Head, Corporate Social Responsibility.
About Washington Gas
Washington Gas Light Company is a regulated natural gas utility
providing safe, reliable natural gas service to more than 1.1 million
customers in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. A
subsidiary of WGL Holdings, Inc., the company has been providing energy
to residential, commercial and industrial customers for more than 167
WGL (NYSE: WGL), headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a leading source
for clean, efficient and diverse energy solutions. With activities and
assets across the U.S., WGL consists of Washington Gas, WGL Energy, WGL
Midstreamand Hampshire Gas. WGL provides options for natural gas,
electricity, green power and energy services, including generation,
storage, transportation, distribution, supply and efficiency. Our
calling as a company is to make energy surprisingly easy for our
employees, our community and all our customers. Whether you are a
homeowner or renter, small business or multinational corporation, state
and local or federal agency, WGL is here to provide Energy Answers. Ask
Us. For more information, visit us at www.wgl.com.
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