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Leading Through Sustainability

Sustainability at SoCalGas means innovating our business to create lasting benefits for stakeholders by doing the right thing, championing people, and shaping the future. In our mission to build the cleanest, safest, most innovative energy company in America, we are working to realize this future through innovation, collaboration, and decarbonization.

ASPIRE 2045

ASPIRE 2045 is our strategy to further integrate sustainability across our business. It is designed to make a positive impact on communities and achieve greater business strength. This strategy builds upon our climate commitment to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions in our operations and delivery of energy by 2045.

Sustainability at SoCalGas focuses on areas where we can have a strong, positive impact in our communities, our company, and our stakeholders. The following areas are our strategic sustainability priorities:

Our sustainability goals and activities align with many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). They are also aligned with the key sustainability pillars of our parent company, Sempra. Learn more about Sempra’s sustainability pillars in the Sempra Corporate Sustainability Report.  The strategies below are a roadmap for achieving concrete goals, leveraging existing initiatives, and exploring opportunities for partnership as we work towards a more sustainable and resilient energy future.

 

Accelerating the Transition to Clean Energy

Accelerating the transition to clean energy

The transition to clean energy is an environmental and social imperative. We aim to accelerate the energy transition by increasing the delivery of clean fuels such as renewable natural gas1; adapting our system for hydrogen; and supporting customer decarbonization.

Strategies to accelerate the transition to clean energy:

UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Affordable and Clean Energy
Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

 


Protecting the Climate and Improving Air Quality In Our Communities

Protecting the climate and improving air quality in our communities

We aim to protect California communities with the goal to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions and helping to improve local air quality.

How we are reducing greenhouse gases and improving local air quality:

UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Good Health and Well-Being
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Climate Action

 


Increasing clean energy access and affordability

Increasing clean energy access and affordability

We believe the reliable and affordable supply of zero carbon fuels is vital for an equitable transition to sustainable energy. We aim to increase access to clean and more affordable energy for all energy customers.

How we will be increasing clean energy access and affordability:

  • Exceed State energy efficiency goals by 25% or more each year
  • Enroll 90% or more of eligible low-income customers in alternative rates for energy programs every year
  • Manage gas procurement costs effectively for core customers and achieve top quartile of lowest average monthly residential bill compared to our top 50 peers nationwide every year7
  • Develop new clean energy programs for customers by 2025
  • Engage our diverse Community Advisory Council quarterly through discussions and surveys to collaborate on issues around clean energy access and affordability

UN Sustainable Development Goals:

No Poverty
Affordable and Clean Energy

 


Advancing a diverse equitable and inclusive culture

Advancing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture

For us, doing the right thing means creating a culture in which everyone is seen, heard, and included. We aim to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and in communities we serve to achieve measurable social impact.

How we are continuing to advance a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture:

  • Take actions to lead the utility industry in racial and ethnic diversity representation in leadership roles by 20258
  • Take actions to grow representation of women in leadership roles and overall workforce by 20258
  • Plan to invest $50M to positively impact diverse and underserved communities over the next five years9
  • Help diverse businesses meet contractual requirements to work with us by increasing supplier participation in Technical Assistance Programs (TAPs) by 30% by 2025
  • Increase our total annual Disadvantaged Business Enterprise spend to 45% by 2025

UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Gender Equality

 


Achieve world-class safety

Achieving world-class safety

As the nation’s largest gas distribution utility, the safety of our customers, employees, contractors, and the communities we serve has been -- and will remain -- our foremost priority. We are continually improving employee, contractor, and public safety values and culture by working to develop a best-in-class safety management program.

Our actions to achieve world-class safety:

  • Train 100% of identified employees in emergency management and incident response each year
  • Require 100% of approved pipeline construction contractors to have a formal safety management system program as part of contract requirements starting 202310
  • Enhance damage prevention program to decrease the rate of third-party pipeline damages by 40% by 2030 compared to a 2020 baseline11
  • Aim to achieve zero employee and contractor fatalities each year

UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Decent Work and Economic Growth

Featured Sustainability Topics

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SoCal Climate Champions Grant

The SoCal Climate Champions Grant invests up to US $400,000 annually in programs, projects, and research that address community climate solutions in Southern California.

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ASPIRE 2045 Climate Commitment

On March 23, 2021, we 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.

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Clean Fuels

The Role of Clean Fuels and Gas Infrastructure in Achieving California's Net-Zero Climate Goal.

Research Development & Demonstration

The RD&D Program seeks to advance and champion technologies that support widespread access to clean, affordable, and reliable energy for all Californians.​

Supplier Diversity

We are committed to investing in comprehensive supplier diversity initiatives.

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Safety

See how we are working to keep our gas pipeline system operating safely and reliably every day.


  1. Clean fuels is defined as alternative fuels that have a net zero carbon footprint. Hydrogen, biogas, synthetic natural gas, biofuels, and several synthetic gaseous and liquid fuels fall in that category, as long as their production process and their end use do not lead to net-positive carbon dioxide emissions.
  2. Goal of $400M is an aggregate co-funding target cumulative of 5 years, inclusive of 2021-2025.
  3. Specifically, we aim to provide 20% renewable natural gas to our “core service” as defined by SoCalGas’ Tariff Rule No. 23, by 2030.
  4. See SB 1371, available at: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140SB1371.
  5. Excludes compressor, transmission, and meter and regulator facilities.
  6. Dependent on functional application and availability of vehicle products.
  7. Third-party peer data used to track progress on this goal will be sourced from American Gas Association (AGA); Top 50 IOUs by Total Customers.
  8. "Leadership role" is defined as a management position of supervisor, team lead, manager, director, and/or officer of the Company.
  9. “Diverse” is defined as Black, Indigenous and People of Color, inclusive of American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic, Latino or Spanish Origin, Middle Eastern or North African, and Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander (BIPOC). “Underserved” is defined as people sharing a particular circumstance, such as homelessness, low income, ill, in-crisis, disabled, LGBTQIA, military/veterans, immigrants, seniors, youth, and students.
  10. "Approved pipeline construction contractors" defined as a contractor classified under the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code 237120, pre-qualified, and approved by SoCalGas.
  11. Goal is based on anticipated program expansion approval from the California Public Utilities Commission.

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Factors, among others, that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those described in any forward-looking statements include risks and uncertainties relating to: decisions, investigations, regulations, issuances or revocations of permits and other authorizations, renewals of franchises, and other actions by (i) the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), U.S. Department of Energy, and other regulatory and governmental bodies and (ii) states, counties, cities and other jurisdictions in the U.S. in which we do business; the success of business development efforts and construction projects, including risks in (i) completing construction projects or other transactions on schedule and budget, (ii) the ability to realize anticipated benefits from any of these efforts if completed, and (iii) obtaining the consent or approval of partners or other third parties, including governmental entities; the resolution of civil and criminal litigation, regulatory inquiries, investigations and proceedings, and arbitrations, including those related to the natural gas leak at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility; changes to laws; actions by credit rating agencies to downgrade our credit ratings or to place those ratings on negative outlook and our ability to borrow on favorable terms and meet our substantial debt service obligations; the impact of energy and climate goals, policies, legislation and rulemaking, including actions to reduce or eliminate reliance on natural gas generally and any deterioration of or increased uncertainty in the political or regulatory environment for California natural gas distribution companies; the pace of the development and adoption of new technologies in the energy sector, including those designed to support governmental and private party energy and climate goals, and our ability to timely and economically incorporate them into our business; weather, natural disasters, pandemics, accidents, equipment failures, explosions, acts of terrorism, information system outages or other events that disrupt our operations, damage our facilities and systems, cause the release of harmful materials, cause fires or subject us to liability for property damage or personal injuries, fines and penalties, some of which may not be covered by insurance, may be disputed by insurers or may otherwise not be recoverable through regulatory mechanisms or may impact our ability to obtain satisfactory levels of affordable insurance; the availability of natural gas and natural gas storage capacity, including disruptions caused by limitations on the withdrawal of natural gas from storage facilities; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including potential vaccination mandates, on capital projects, regulatory approvals and the execution of our operations; cybersecurity threats to the storage and pipeline infrastructure, information and systems used to operate our businesses, and confidentiality of our proprietary information and personal information of our customers and employees, including ransomware attacks on our systems and the systems of third-party vendors and other parties with which we conduct business; volatility in inflation and interest rates and commodity prices and our ability to effectively hedge these risks and with respect to interest rates, the impact on our cost of capital; changes in tax and trade policies, laws and regulations, including tariffs and revisions to international trade agreements that may increase our costs, reduce our competitiveness, or impair our ability to resolve trade disputes; and other uncertainties, some of which may be difficult to predict and are beyond our control.

These risks and uncertainties are further discussed in the reports that the company has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). These reports are available through the EDGAR system free-of-charge on the SEC's website, www.sec.gov, and on Sempra’s website, www.sempra.com. Investors should not rely unduly on any forward-looking statements.

Sempra Infrastructure, Sempra LNG, Sempra Mexico, Sempra Texas Utilities, Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC (Oncor) and Infraestructura Energética Nova, S.A.P.I. de C.V. (IEnova) are not the same companies as the California utilities, San Diego Gas & Electric Company or Southern California Gas Company, and Sempra Infrastructure, Sempra LNG, Sempra Mexico, Sempra Texas Utilities, Oncor and IEnova are not regulated by the CPUC.