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Duke Energy, utility firm to 7.7 million retail electric and 1.6 million gas customers, has been featured in the 2019 Dow Jones Sustainability Index for North America.

This is the 14th year in a row the energy company has been named in the Sustainability Index.

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Since establishment in 1999, the index looks at companies’ leadership roles in corporate governance, innovation management, environmental policy, climate strategy and corporate citizenship.

Duke Energy has appeared in the sustainability index since 2007 owing to developments including:

  • Since 2005, Duke Energy's carbon dioxide emissions decreased by 31%, sulfur dioxide emissions decreased by 96% and nitrogen oxide emissions decreased by 74%.
  • Since 2007, Duke Energy has grown its renewable generation portfolio and now has more than 7,100MW of wind, solar and biomass capacity
  • Electric customers continue to benefit from rates below the national average in all customer classes and all service areas.

Cari Boyce, senior vice president of stakeholder strategy and sustainability at Duke Energy, said: "The Dow Jones Sustainability Index thoroughly looks at hundreds of companies each year. To be on the North America list for 14 straight years is a clear indication Duke Energy employees are incorporating sustainability into their daily work to benefit our customers and communities.

"We are continuing to promote renewable energy, energy efficiency and lower carbon emissions – leading by example in the energy industry."

Duke's 2018 sustainability report is available here