San Diego Gas & Electric Named National Climate Leader
SAN DIEGO, Feb. 29, 2012 – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) was nationally recognized today with the Organizational Leadership Award at the inaugural Climate Leadership Awards in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The Climate Leadership Awards recognize organizations that go beyond business as usual in the management and reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and are presented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) (formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change), and The Climate Registry (TCR).
The Organizational Leadership Award was presented to SDG&E for exemplifying leadership in its internal response to climate change and effective outreach to engage its customers, community stakeholders, partners, and supply chain in high-impact energy efficiency and carbon-reduction initiatives.
SDG&E is receiving the award tonight at the Climate Leadership Conference held in Florida. “At SDG&E, environmental stewardship is an essential part of our business,” said Pamela J. Fair, SDG&E vice president, environmental and support services and chief environmental officer. “In the past decade, we have gone beyond the basic requirements of regulatory compliance to make environmental stewardship part of our culture. Through initiatives based on collaboration and innovation with environmental stakeholders, including the community and our employees, we’ve made measurable progress in reducing greenhouse gases.”
“I commend SDG&E on its exemplary leadership in cutting carbon pollution that harms our climate and threatens our health,” said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “SDG&E and all of our Climate Leadership Award winners demonstrate that organizations who are taking action to mitigate climate change are also operating more efficiently, more innovatively, and more competitively.”
SDG&E supports reducing greenhouse gases through its goals related to air quality and energy efficiency, natural resources, and other areas including waste reduction and recycling. The company continues to focus on achieving aggressive targets for renewable energy procurement, delivering innovative energy efficiency customer programs, and encouraging the use of alternate fueled vehicles, among other initiatives.
Named the “Most Intelligent Utility in the U.S.” by IDC Energy Insights and Intelligent Utility Magazine for the last three years, SDG&E was recognized for its excellence in operational efficiency, integration of renewables, smart-energy initiatives, demand response/energy efficiency programs and IT investments. For six years running, SDG&E has earned “Best in the West” for electric reliability from PA Consulting Group, an award that recognizes industry-leading performance in electric delivery networks.
SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and more than 850,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The utility’s area spans 4,100 square miles. SDG&E is committed to creating ways to help customers save energy and money every day. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego.