Washington utility holding company announces 2025 sustainability targets

Metering.com 5 MAY 2017

WGL, parent company of Washington Gas Light Company announced its sustainability targets for 2025 as well as new clean energy initiatives.

According to a release, WGL plans to achieve carbon neutral fleet and facilities operations, reduce emission intensity of its natural gas distribution system by 38% (against a 2008 baseline), and enable customers to avoid 18 million metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

These efforts are part of WGL’s a continued commitment to sustainable business practices, community improvement and environmental health.

The targeted carbon reduction target 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.

The company says that its 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.

Sustainability as a core value

“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 Terry McCallister, chairman and CEO of WGL Holdings, Inc and Washington Gas.

“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 Melissa Adams, chief corporate social responsibility officer for WGL. “We will track our progress each year as part of our annual goals.”

In other news, the US county of Jefferson in Washington state is set to replace existing analogue electric meters with smart meters in a move to modernise its billing processes.

The development is a result of this week’s approval of a proposal to implement the smart meter installation project by the Jefferson County Public Utility District (PUD) Commission.

The project will begin by the end of 2017 through to 2021 to replace some 16,000 existing analogue electric meters with the new meters. Read more…

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