Our Commitment to Sustainability
At Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas®) protecting the environment is part of our culture. Additionally, SoCalGas and San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E®) have teamed together in an effort to protect precious environmental resources.
Facilities and Daily Operations
In 2010, SoCalGas created the Green Team, a volunteer group of employees from diverse departments to advocate actions which reduce the company’s impact on the environment. The Green Team’s mission is advancing the company’s green culture and environmental sustainability through communicating, educating and inspiring conservation, energy efficiency, recycling and waste reduction at the workplace and at home.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Last year, SoCalGas recycled nearly 4,500 tons 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 prevents them from going to landfills. We have also greatly reduced our inventory of printers, copiers and fax machines.
Build and Maintain Energy-Efficient Facilities
We take steps daily to protect the environment in our facilities and operations and in how we plan and construct new facilities.
We pursue LEED certification for all remodels and new construction greater than 10,000 square feet. We have earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ("LEED") Certification for nine of our facilities.
Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2000, LEED is the most recognizable and widely used green building program across the globe. LEED is a certification program that guides the design, construction, operations and maintenance for buildings, homes and communities.
The SoCalGas Energy Resource Center (ERC) is an energy-efficiency partner for energy and environmental decision-makers. The building is an award-winning model of energy-efficient, environmentally friendly technologies. The ERC provides an array of practical seminars, demonstrations and consulting services that can help businesses find the most cost-effective and energy-efficient solutions to their energy needs.
As an advocate of energy conservation, SoCalGas recently installed its largest roof-mounted photovoltaic (PV) system. The installation now covers the roof of one of the company’s largest buildings, our San Dimas Call Center, with over 1000 solar panels. The new solar PV system now provides more than half of the site’s energy needs directly from the sun.
You can take steps to build green in your home or business and enjoy the benefits of energy and financial savings, resource conservation, waste reduction and a healthier environment. View our Green Resources and Energy Efficiency Programs to get started.
Reducing Our Electricity Use
At SoCalGas, we voluntarily set a goal to reduce electricity usage by 20% by the year 2015 compared to 2003. As of April 2013, electric use has been reduced by 10% compared to 2003.
As a continuing effort, our energy conservation program:
- 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
Greening Our Fleet
Supporting California's goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, SoCalGas has committed to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of our fleet by approximately 15% by the end of 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 our passenger 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 1,119 alternative-fuel vehicles. And we're considering the use of other clean-fuel alternatives, such as biogas. Additionally, SoCalGas will provide employees with eco-driving training to learn how to maximize fuel efficiency, both on and off the job.
Do Your Part for the Environment
Conserving energy not only helps the environment, it can save you money. There are many ways you can help protect the environment: