Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), the largest gas utility in the U.S., announced today a series of environmental sustainability commitments, including targets to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions across Scope 1,2, and 3 by 2045.
According to the company, the new commitment would see SoCalGas eliminate not only its own direct emissions, but also those generated by customers’ energy delivered by its energy infrastructure.
Scott Drury, SoCalGas CEO, said:
“Our mission is to build the cleanest, safest and most innovative energy company in America. We will lead the energy transition by providing clean fuels and innovative technologies essential to carbon neutrality for California. Through collaboration and partnership, California can develop clean energy solutions at scale and serve as a global beacon for energy innovation.”
Along with the new announcement, SoCalGas released a Climate Commitment Announcement, highlighting the company’s climate initiatives and goals on the path to net zero. Included in the commitments are 2025 targets to achieve net zero energy for 100% newly constructed buildings and major renovations of buildings over 10,000 square feet, replace 50% of its over-the-road fleet with electric, hybrid, natural gas, and/or fuel cell electric vehicles, establish statewide hydrogen blending standards and complete five hydrogen pilot projects. By 2030 the company plans to eliminate 100% of vented gas during planned transmission pipeline work, achieve net zero energy for 50% of all SoCalGas existing buildings., and deliver 20% renewable natural gas. 2035 goals include operating a 100% zero emissions over-the-road fleet and achieving net zero energy for 100% of SoCalGas buildings.
In the Climate Commitment Announcement, Drury wrote:
“We are excited to share our net zero climate commitment, which is just one element of our environmental, social, and governance initiatives. Throughout 2021, we will share additional plans and commitments, including: advancing our industry-leading diversity, equity, and inclusion programs for employees; increasing economic opportunities for diverse suppliers; and engaging in the communities we are privileged to serve.”