AVANGRID’s aggressive sustainability goals have captured the attention of industry peers, investors and customers. In addition to our goal to be Scope 1 carbon neutral by 2035, we have defined a set of goals to reduce the environmental impact of our facilities.
• 25% reduction in carbon footprint by 2030
• 50% more green energy by 2030
• 50% fewer tons of paper used AVANGRID is committed to recycling waste, managing resources and reducing the amount of harmful emissions in our facilities and service territories.
AVANGRID has pledged to integrate Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) and Electric Vehicles (EVs) into the fleet to assess their capabilities in different vocations and geographical regions. In 2020, SCG received their first two EVs, and Berkshire Gas Company received its first, all being used in a daily field work capacity. AVANGRID also launched our Clean Fleet Project with very aggressive green fleet targets, the most prominent of which is 60% of the fleet being clean energy by 2030. 2020 also welcomed to RG&E an industry-leading, full-size EV backhoe. Development of the unit from concept to delivery has been a multi-year project, and the unit was on site and ready for construction season. To assist in increasing and encouraging the purchase and use of PHEVs and EVs, AVANGRID has installed charging stations at multiple company locations – allowing employees to charge their PHEV or EV at no cost.
WASTE AND WATER MANAGEMENT
Our drive to create a healthier, more sustainable planet goes beyond our aggressive efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035 and extends to our day-to-day operations, including how we manage, reduce and eliminate waste across our facilities and how we manage precious natural resources like water. To further reduce our environmental impacts, we have put in place several practices to minimize our waste generation and water usage across our companies. Our waste reduction and water conservation commitments and practices predate COVID-19; however, recent (and significant) reductions in the waste we generate and the water we use can be attributed to changes due to the pandemic as more of our people are working remotely.