PG&E leads with carbon reduction plans, 1 million tons by 2022

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Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has unveiled its new countrywide sustainability plan.

The plan Million Ton Challenge aims to reduce 1 million tons of greenhouse-gas emissions from the utility’s operations over the next five years.

The utility plans to:

  • Make its facilities more energy efficient and sustainable
  • Reduce methane emissions from natural gas operations
  • Increase clean vehicles and fuels in its fleet
  • Adopt environmentally responsible products, with an early focus on electric substation equipment

The utility says it will increase its renewable energy portfolio at both utility-scale and on consumer sites. To date, PG&E generates 33% of its total electricity from renewables.

The company targets to achieve California’s 2030 goal of 50% renewables and a separate company goal of 55% renewables by 2031 ahead of schedule.

PG&E, through its EV Charge Network programme, will install 7,500 EV chargers at condominiums, apartment buildings and workplaces across Northern and Central California.

Geisha Williams, CEO of PG&E Corporation, said: “… a sustainable energy future is our North Star and this new goal directly aligns with our company’s vision. By reducing our emissions by roughly 10 percent, we are extending our ongoing sustainability efforts and doing our part to protect the environment.

“Achieving sustainability means addressing climate change in the way we work every day as we continue to provide safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy to our customers.

The announcement follows the company being recognised by Newsweek Green Ranking as the greenest energy provider, by Dow Jones Sustainability North America in the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index and by CIVIC 50 amongst America’s 50 most community-minded companies in 2017.