Washington Gas to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Operations 70% by 2020
Additional reductions targeted for gas delivery system
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WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--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 clients.
More information on WGL Holding’s sustainability programs can be found at http://sustainability.wglholdings.com/index.xml
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