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WGL Achieves Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Reduction Goals
Reductions exceed targeted carbon reduction goals and qualify as early achievements
WGL announced this week that it has met and exceeded two aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals four years early, as part of an ongoing commitment to sustainable business practices and environmental stewardship.
Washington Gas, a WGL company, achieved a 74 percent reduction in absolute GHG emissions from its fleet and facilities and a 20 percent reduction in methane emissions for every unit of natural gas delivered, exceeding goals of 70 percent and 18 percent, respectively, by 2020.
“WGL is dedicated to sustainability as a core company value
and I am proud of the efforts of our employees, contractors and
communities who have made it possible for us to exceed these
objectives ahead of schedule.”
Chairman and CEO
Bureau Veritas North America provided an independent verification of the GHG emissions for both 2008 (the baseline year) and 2014, validating the reduction. Washington Gas surpassed its emissions reduction goals earlier than projected through several initiatives, including:
• Establishing a LEED Gold-certified Washington Gas operations headquarters in Springfield, Virginia. The facility uses Bloom Energy server fuel cells that use natural gas to generate electricity, producing almost half the emissions of conventional grid electricity, and employs a wide range of energy efficiency technologies.
• Deploying nearly 200 natural gas vehicles in the Washington Gas fleet.
• Accelerating pipeline replacement programs in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia to enhance the efficiency, safety and reliability of its natural gas system.
The combination of fleet, facilities and gas supply (intensity) measures has avoided approximately 312,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from 2008 until 2014. It would take more than 8 million trees 10 years to eliminate the equivalent amount of CO2. A fact sheet is available for more details on both of the achievements. In addition, you can view a video on the fleet and facilities result below:
“WGL is dedicated to sustainability as a core company value and I am proud of the efforts of our employees, contractors and communities who have made it possible for us to exceed these objectives ahead of schedule,” said Terry McCallister, Chairman and CEO of WGL Holdings, Inc and Washington Gas.
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