Additional reductions targeted for gas delivery system
Washington Gas announced today that the company is targeting a 70
percent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its fleet and
facilities operations by 2020, compared against a 2008 GHG baseline. The
company will utilize clean and efficient natural gas and LEED Gold
building standards in its new office and operations center in
Springfield, Va., and will continue to deploy energy efficiency
improvements at multiple satellite stations within the Washington Gas
service territory. Other GHG reductions will come from the continued
deployment of natural gas vehicles that, on average, have a 25% smaller
carbon footprint than similar gasoline powered vehicles. The company
also plans to take significant actions to reduce GHG emissions from its
gas delivery system.
"Sustainability is embedded in our business strategy, whether through
this initiative at the utility, purchasing clean energy through
Washington Gas Energy Services, or providing energy efficiency and solar
solutions through Washington Gas Energy Systems," said WGL Holdings and
Washington Gas Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Terry D.
McCallister. "Reducing our carbon footprint exemplifies the fact that we
are using energy efficiently and making wise decisions when considering
our natural resources. While world leaders debate about global goals,
America's businesses can take eco-sensible steps today to reduce energy
costs and the long-term effects of GHG emissions."
Washington Gas is also scheduled to continue to replace aging gasoline
fleet vehicles with clean natural gas vehicles. This will double its
fleet of clean-burning natural gas vehicles to over 200 vehicles by
2020. The vehicles emit 90% less particulates and 25% less carbon than
gasoline. In addition, the cost of natural gas is substantially less
than traditional fuels.
"Our commitment is reflected in our operating practices," stated Adrian
P. Chapman, WGL Holdings and Washington Gas President and Chief
Operating Officer. "We are also targeting a significant reduction in GHG
emissions from our gas delivery system. By upgrading and replacing
infrastructure, Washington Gas' objective is to realize at least a 12
percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions for every therm of natural
gas delivered in 2015, and at least an 18 percent reduction by 2020,
while simultaneously improving safety and reliability."
Washington Gas' new LEED Gold office and operations center will include
multiple, state-of-the-art sustainability measures including a natural
gas fuel cell that generates electricity with little to no emissions
compared to conventional grid technology.
According to Melissa E. Adams, Division Head for Sustainability and
Business Development, the actions planned to support these goals will
prevent the emission of over 670,000 equivalent metric tons of carbon
dioxide into the atmosphere by 2020. That's equivalent to the amount of
emission generated by combusting over 75 million gallons of gasoline or
by 130,000 passenger vehicles in one year1.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: WGL) has
three operating segments: (i) the regulated utility segment,
which primarily consists of Washington Gas, a natural gas utility that
serves over one million customers throughout metropolitan Washington,
D.C., and the surrounding region; (ii) the retail energy
marketing segment which consists of Washington Gas Energy Services,
Inc., a third-party marketer that competitively sells natural gas and
electricity and (iii) the design-build energy systems segment,
which consists of Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc., a provider of
design-build energy efficiency solutions to government and commercial
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More information on WGL Holding's sustainability programs can be
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1 Source: http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-resources/refs.html
Douglas Bonawitz, 202-624-6129
Source: Washington Gas
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