We have pledged to be carbon neutral by 2035.
Increased use of renewables reduces the average emissions of U.S. energy. In addition to AVANGRID’s continued growth in renewable energy capacity, the company also seeks to reduce operational emissions and energy losses in transmission and distribution, which remain below 7%.
TARGET: 25% decrease in emissions intensity (measured in grams of CO2 per kilowatt-hour of energy produced) by 2020 compared with 2015, and to be carbon neutral by 2035.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
In terms of CO2 emissions intensity, AVANGRID’s generating portfolio is among the cleanest in the country. In 2018, CO2 emissions intensity was 54 grams per kWh of energy produced, just 12% of the U.S. average. This represents approximately a 15% reduction compared to the 2015 baseline, which puts the company on track to meet its objective of reducing CO2 emissions intensity by 25% by 2020, compared with 2015, and to be carbon neutral by 2035. Because our renewable energy facilities generate electricity with little or no emissions of CO2 and other byproduct pollutants, our customers can receive credit for the carbon emissions they have offset through the purchase of renewable energy. The 16,986 GWh of electricity produced by Avangrid Renewables’ wind and solar facilities in 2018 allowed customers to avoid 12 million metric tons of CO2 emissions. That’s roughly equivalent to the emissions avoided by removing 2.55 million cars from the road for a year.*