The company has reduced emissions from its fleet and facilities 78 percent since 2008; in keeping with its commitment to have carbon neutral fleet and facilities by 2025. This commitment, announced in 2015, put the company on a pathway that is in line with the Paris Agreement emissions reduction targets to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Progress by 2018 is in line with a ‘well below 2 degrees C’ scenario as defined by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi).
Buildings use 40 percent of all energy consumed in the United States. That is why it is important that WGL not only delivers energy solutions to homes and businesses but also works to make our own buildings and facilities as energy efficient as possible. From offices to gas distribution facilities, we are constantly evaluating how much energy we consume and identifying solutions to reduce energy usage, costs and associated environmental impact. WGL has conducted numerous energy audits of existing buildings, while replacing older buildings with new, highly-efficient ones.
Four buildings WGL currently owns and/or leases have earned LEED Gold certifications; The Springfield Service Center (2012), Rockville, Maryland Fleet Facility (2017), WGL Energy’s Tysons Office (2017), The District Wharf (2019). The Dranesville, VA facility is on track to earn LEED Silver in 2020.
Washington Gas’ vehicle fleet boasts more than 260 clean compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles; reducing emissions and air pollution throughout our service territory. The company has been recognized several times for its fleet leadership including in 2019.