We take steps daily to protect the environment in our facilities and operations, and in how we plan and build our facilities.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
In 2009, Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) recycled nearly nine million pounds of scrap metal, meters, cardboard, plastic and paper. We also reduced our use of metal by rebuilding thousands of gas meters and redeploying them back into service. We saved thousands of trees by using recycled paper to print our customers' billing statements, envelopes and brochures. Whenever possible, SoCalGas redeploys laptops and desktop computers within the company. Computers that are not redeployed are sold to electronic recyclers, which keeps them from going to landfills. The Company has also greatly reduced our number of printers, copiers and fax machines.
Build and Maintain Energy-Efficient Facilities
SoCalGas's efforts to renovate its operational facilities in the most energy-efficient and environmentally responsible ways have earned us Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ("LEED") Certification for four of our facilities.
Reducing Our Electricity Use
Through our internal corporate energy reduction efforts, SoCalGas reduced electrical energy use by 12.1% at our tracked, staffed sites in 2009.
Our energy conservation program is a continuing effort:
- Reduces greenhouse gas emissions
- Advances new technologies in energy-efficiency and emerging, renewable energy
- Lowers estimated electricity consumption at company facilities through comprehensive energy efficiency retrofits and by incorporating energy efficient measures into new construction
Recycling and Reusing at Monterey Park
In 2004, SoCalGas began office renovations at our Monterey Park location to transform a nearly 50-year-old facility into a world-class work environment that combines operational efficiency with organization effectiveness.
- During the project, more than 75% of construction waste was diverted from landfills and back into manufacturing processes, recycling and/or reuse programs.
- The building products employed contained at least 20% recycled content.
- More than 20% of the products were manufactured regionally and, by incorporating the use of renewable materials, the project reduced its impact on the environment.
- Renovations at Monterey Park brought daylight into 90% of our employee workspaces.
Greening Our Fleet
Supporting California's goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, both Sempra Energy utilities--SoCalGas and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)--have committed to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of our fleet by approximately 15% by 2012. Compared with 2005 levels, this is the same as removing about 1,600 gasoline-fueled passenger sedans from the road.
To reach this goal, we're replacing passenger sedan vehicles with hybrid-electric and compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. We're also implementing a fleet-optimization program to improve fuel efficiency and driving habits.
Our fleet already includes nearly 1,150 alternative-fuel vehicles. And we're considering the use of other clean-fuel alternatives, such as biogas. Additionally, SoCalGas and SDG&E will provide employees with eco-driving training on how to maximize fuel efficiency, both on and off the job.
In 2008, SoCalGas and SDG&E increased usage of CNG vehicles by 30% and reduced fuel usage by 6.2%.