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Environment

Progress through action

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With a deep-rooted understanding that environmental excellence is an integral part of our basic business, PG&E has been working for decades to use resources efficiently, advance clean technologies and protect vital species and habitats. Our approach is grounded in a commitment to fully comply with all local, state and federal requirements; take responsibility for our historic impacts; and continually improve our environmental performance.

PG&E’s commitment also stretches further—encompassing our efforts to plan for California’s clean energy future; green our fleet of vehicles; reduce the energy, water and waste consumed at our facilities; and protect the watershed lands and other sensitive habitats where we operate.

Highlights

Key Sustainability Indicators

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78%

Waste diversion rate at office facilities and service yards

2,049

Number utility poles retrofitted, making them “bird-safe”
  • Completed a series of key process improvements, including a “one-stop shop” for managing environmental permitting and compliance for gas, electric and energy supply construction projects.
  • Continued to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from our delivered electricity, achieving the lowest level of emissions since PG&E started publicly reporting emissions.
  • Maintained our focus on the successful implementation of California's landmark Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), which requires the gradual reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in California to 1990 levels by 2020.
  • Named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index and the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index.
  • Partnered with VIA Motors Inc. to test a first-of-its-kind extended range pick-up truck, capable of running on electric power for the first 40 miles and also offering exportable power to run tools and lights.
  • Met our energy, water and waste reduction goals for office facilities and service yards, staying on track toward our five-year goals.
  • Instituted a set of environmental performance standards for our top tier suppliers—setting clear expectations and promoting greater transparency, rigor and accountability.
PG&E substation

We reduced our sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) emissions nearly 10 percent compared to 2011. Since 1998, we have reduced our total SF6 emissions by 75 percent and our emissions rate by 87 percent. A potent greenhouse gas, SF6 is used as an electrical insulating material in high-voltage circuit breakers and gas-insulated substations.