Washington Gas has set aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals, as part of the GHG Management Plan.
The company has set two high-level emissions reductions goals:
- 70 percent reduction in GHG emissions from company operations by 2020, compared to a 2008 baseline.
- 18 percent reduction in GHG emissions for every therm of natural gas delivered to customers by 2020, compared to a 2008 baseline.
Company operations include GHG emissions from the utility’s fleet and facilities. Since 2008, more than 150 Washington Gas fleet vehicles have been converted to CNG vehicles, which emit significantly less carbon dioxide than gasoline or diesel fueled vehicles.
Since 2008, fleet emissions have been reduced by more than 21 percent, largely due to the conversion of vehicles to CNG. In 2012, Washington Gas moved from Springfield Operations Center to Springfield center, which has been awarded a LEED Gold certification, and resulted in a 92 percent drop in GHG emissions from the old operations building. Despite the successful efforts that have already been made in reducing GHG emissions, Washington Gas continues to pursue additional efforts in energy efficiency and renewable energy that will further reduce its GHG emissions from fleet and facility.