Con Edison Reports 35 Percent Drop in Greenhouse Gas Emissions Over Five Years
2010 Was Banner Year for Community Initiatives
Sept. 16, 2011 - coned.com
NEW YORK – Con Edison has lowered its greenhouse gas emissions 35 percent since 2005 and expects its carbon footprint to shrink further as it shifts to greater use of natural gas at its steam-generation plants, according to the company’s 2010 Sustainability Report (www.conEd.com/sustainability).
Con Edison said its total emissions ticked up slightly last year from 2009, but that the modest increase was due to last year’s unusually cold winter and hot summer, which drove up the demand for steam for heating and air conditioning.
The Sustainability Report is a comprehensive summary of the steps Con Edison is taking to grow its business, protect the environment, support activities in the community, and promote diversity.
“We want to help the community and improve lives with every action we take at Con Edison,” said Randolph S. Price, vice president of Environment, Health and Safety. “That means reducing our carbon footprint, helping our customers reduce their energy usage, and supporting organizations that do wonderful work.”
Con Edison supported more than 1,200 local nonprofit organizations last year. Through its Power of Giving program, the company supports the arts, civic awareness, environmental stewardship and education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The company’s 2010 honors included recognition by DiversityInc. magazine for promoting diversity, and a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. The company also received the LATINA Style 50 award as one of the best U.S. companies for Latina employees.
And the company achieved its best employee safety performance ever, according to the report.
Helping customers manage their energy usage and reduce their bills is an important part of the company’s environmental strategy. Con Edison offers a wide array of money-saving, energy-efficiency programs for residential and business customers. For more information on the company’s energy efficiency programs, visit www.conEd.com/energyefficiency or call Con Edison’s “Green Team” at 1-877-870-6118.
Other notable highlights from Con Edison’s 2010 Sustainability Report include:
Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED] is one of the nation’s largest investor-owned, energy-delivery companies, with approximately $13 billion in annual revenues and $36 billion in assets.