The nation’s largest electric utility holding company vowed Friday to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions from internal operations by 15 percent in four years.
Exelon Corp. has previously committed to cut nearly 68 million metric tons of carbon emissions from energy output activities. The Chicago-based company’s latest goal will focus on technology and infrastructure investments to reduce the pollution footprint in-house.
“As the nation’s largest producer of emissions-free electricity, Exelon has made significant contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and our new goal is part of our long-term plan to integrate and develop carbon reduction energy solutions,” Christopher M. Crane, president and CEO of Exelon, said in a statement. “Just as we partner with our customers and communities to achieve their carbon-reduction goals, we continuously look within our own operations for opportunities to improve our performance and lead by example.”
The new goal targets 1.1 million metric tons of emissions associated with internal operations such as overhead facilities lighting to its fleet of utility vehicles. Much of the targeted 15-percent reduction is expected to come from cutting methane emissions from natural gas distribution systems, gas-insulated electrical equipment and investing in an electric-vehicle fleet. Energy efficiency in buildings and using cleaner power at facilities also will be emphasized.
Exelon already has the nation’s largest fleet of zero-emissions nuclear power plants. The utility holding company was ranked 12th in the 2017 Newsweek “Green Rankings” sustainability index, third among utilities only to PG&E Corp. and CMS Energy.