May 3, 2017 at 8:30 AM EDT
WGL Releases Corporate Sustainability Targets for 2025
By 2025, WGL plans to achieve carbon neutral fleet and facilities operations, reduce emission intensity of its natural gas distribution system by 38 percent (against a 2008 baseline), and enable customers to avoid 18 million metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These objectives are part of a continued commitment to sustainable business practices, community improvement and environmental health.
"At WGL, sustainability is a core value. We are proud to introduce
ambitious sustainability targets for 2025 that reflect the dedication
and commitment of our employees and businesses to support the
environmental goals of our customers and improve the communities in
which we operate," said
The total amount of carbon reduction would be equivalent to taking 3,802,204 cars off the road for a full year, or equal to the carbon sequestered by more than 466 million trees over a span of 10 years. WGL's 2025 targets reflect an update to targets the company set in 2012 to be attained by 2020 but announced it achieved in 2016, and reflect aggressive strategies to help customers reduce energy use and shift to more renewable energy options.
"Our new targets are expected to be achieved through innovative programs
that underscore our mission to be responsible stewards of the
environment, deliver clean energy solutions that lower emissions for our
customers, and reduce energy costs," said
Details of WGL's 2025 Sustainability targets include:
Carbon neutrality for
38 percent reduction in fugitive carbon intensity per delivered therm
unit of natural gas - WGL maintains and operates one of the safest
natural gas distribution systems in the industry. To meet the 38 percent
reduction, WGL will continue to reduce fugitive emissions from its
natural gas supply infrastructure by replacing and upgrading pipelines,
gate and regulator station equipment, meters, and other system
components with new, modern and more resilient materials that have lower
emissions factors. With new pipeline technologies and materials that
enhance and reinforce an older pipeline system,
18 million metric tons of avoided GHG emissions by customers -
WGL will strive to facilitate customer cumulative energy savings and
renewable energy use by our customers totaling 115 million MMBtu which
will result in avoiding roughly 18 million metric tons of GHG emissions.
The target is based on our expansion of customer energy efficiency
programs at the utility, and our current investment of over
For more on the company's sustainability efforts, download WGL's Sustainability report.
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