AVANGRID champions a sustainable energy model supported by lower emissions, greater energy efficiency and preservation of the environment.
OUR APPROACH TO ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AVANGRID works to reduce environmental risks, improve management of resources and optimize investments in our facilities. Our companies strive to use resources and products wisely in day-to-day operations, favoring non-hazardous products where possible for facilities maintenance. We also seek to reuse and recycle materials at every opportunity.
Avangrid Networks implemented a program in 2017 to monitor water use for the 10 largest facilities across its operating companies in Connecticut, Maine and New York. Meanwhile, we are already taking measures to ensure we use water resources responsibly. For example, as we upgrade facilities across the company, we are installing low-volume, water-conserving faucets in kitchens and washrooms.
We seek to manage hazardous and non-hazardous waste responsibly. Where possible, AVANGRID aims to recover, recycle or reuse waste materials and to sustainably dispose of and treat waste that cannot be reused. One of our operating companies has found an innovative way to use waste oil from decommissioned electrical equipment.
The North Augusta Service Center in Maine added two new boilers that take approximately 30,000 gallons of waste oil per year and use it to heat the facility. This eliminates the cost and environmental impact of transporting waste oil to an out-of-state facility and reduces the use of other heating fuels at NASC by about 45%.
Across all of our operating companies, we take steps daily to reduce, reuse, recycle and use more environmentally friendly equipment. We are replacing fluorescent lighting fixtures with more energy-efficient and non-hazardous LED lights. Our cafeterias reduce waste by minimizing use of disposable dishes and utensils. And sorting of waste for proper recycling is second nature for employees across the enterprise.