At SoCalGas, we believe that sustainable business practices help to drive resilient operations that can create long-term value for our employees, customers, and our communities. Guided by our values and mission, SoCalGas employees created the “Green Team” of diverse participants in 2010, now known as the Sustainability Council at SoCalGas, to advocate for actions that could help reduce our impact on the environment.
On March 23, 2021, SoCalGas announced ASPIRE 2045, a sustainability strategy and climate commitment to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions in our operations and delivery of energy by 2045. This strategy includes examining our buildings, vehicle fleet, and collaborating with our partners, stakeholders, and customers.
ASPIRE 2045 is a sustainability strategy built on four pillars reflecting our culture and core values.
Enabling the Energy Transition
The intersection of clean energy technologies, sound policy, and capital investments will accelerate the affordable energy transition. We are investing in a diverse portfolio of technologies and applications to decarbonize.
Driving Resilient Operations
Infrastructure is our business; our resilient underground pipeline system enhances and complements an energy ecosystem made of clean electrons and clean molecules.
Championing People and Communities
We put our employees and the communities we serve first. Our work environment cultivates and promotes an inclusive and respectful environment that thrives on diversity. We also invest in our communities through purposeful charitable giving, partnerships, and volunteerism.
Achieving World Class Safety
Safety is foundational to our business. We have implemented a Safety Management System framework that enhances our safe operations and embeds safety in everything we do.
As a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy, you can find more information regarding Sempra Energy’s 2020 Corporate Sustainability Report.
We have taken steps to help protect the environment in our facilities and operations.
We have pursued Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification for all remodels and new construction greater than 10,000 square feet. We have earned LEED certifications for nine of our facilities.
Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council® in 2000, LEED is the most widely used green building rating system across the globe1. LEED is a certification program that guides the design, construction, operations and maintenance for buildings, homes and communities.
Energy Resource Center
The SoCalGas Energy Resource Center (ERC) is an energy-efficiency partner for energy and environmental decision makers. The building in which the ERC is located is an award-winning model of energy-efficient technologies.
The ERC provides an array of services, including:
- Technical and food-related seminars and training
- Demonstrations of energy-efficient products
- Consulting services that could help businesses find the most cost-effective and energy-efficient solutions to their energy needs.
- Future location of the H2 Hydrogen Home project
Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)
Renewable natural gas (RNG) is produced from the methane generated in landfills, wastewater treatment plants, food processing and dairies and depending on its source, can be low-carbon or in some cases, even carbon-negative. Learn more.
In 2020, SoCalGas began powering its Pico Rivera and Monterey Park facilities with solid oxide fuel cells. These fuel cells can use natural gas, renewable natural gas or hydrogen to produce electricity; they will intake natural gas and oxygen and—through an electrochemical reaction—produce electricity without any combustion. Read more.
Once completed, the H2 Hydrogen Home project will be one of the first of its kind in the U.S. and is designed to include a home, solar panels, a home battery, an electrolyzer to convert solar energy into clean hydrogen, and a fuel cell to convert that hydrogen back to electricity. Read our press release.
Reducing, Reusing, Recycling
In the first half of 2021, SoCalGas recycled 1,900 gallons of automotive oil as part of a closed-loop resource recycling program for the fleet. The re-refined oil is reused as an automotive lubricant instead of its former destination of disposal via incineration.
We also recycle between 2,500 and 4,500 short tons of scrap metal, meters, cardboard, plastic and paper every year and have reduced our needs to printed materials by encouraging paperless billing with our customers. Whenever possible, SoCalGas redeploys laptops and desktop computers within the company. Computers that are not redeployed are sold to electronic recyclers.
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