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Our Sustainable Future

Sustainability Report 2018

2018 Sustainability Highlights

Safety & Environment

Safety & Environment
Employee Safety

Since 2009, our utilities Con Edison and Orange & Rockland (O&R) have reduced recordable injuries and illnesses by 60% and 69%, respectively.

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Safety & Environment
Reducing GHG Emissions

We reduced our carbon footprint (carbon dioxide, methane, and sulfur hexafluoride) by 49% since 2005 – equal to taking more than 500,000 cars off the road.

Safety & Environment
Core System Upgrades

We’re on pace to install 5.3 million smart meters across our territory by 2022. They’ll help reduce consumption and power generation emissions – and put unprecedented control in the hands of our customers.

Operational Excellence

Operational Excellence
Awards & Recognition

For our support of our Veterans, the company received U.S. Veterans Magazine’s Seven Seas Award, the Pro Patria Award from the New York Chapter of the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve, and 2018 Best for Vets—Top 100 Employers from Military Times.

Operational Excellence
System Resiliency

We’ve committed to spending some $100 million to strengthen our overhead system in Westchester County, along with removing and cutting back trees that pose a risk during storms.

Operational Excellence
R&D/Innovation

Developed and began to install a first-of-its-kind, battery-powered natural gas detector that is integrated with the smart meter communications network.

customer and Community

Customer & Community
Energy Efficiency

Through the Con Edison and O&R energy efficiency programs, last year customers helped us avoid the release of nearly 300,000 tons of greenhouse gasses, equivalent to taking 88,000 cars off the road.

Customer & Community
Renewables

In 2018, acquired solar and wind projects worth $2.1 billion, through our Clean Energy Businesses, bringing our total renewable portfolio to 2,600 megawatts, making us the second largest solar producer in North America.

Customer & Community
The Next Generation

We’re exposing college students to the possibility of a future environment and energy career through our Con Edison Scholars Network, a community of Con Edison STEM Scholarship recipients from colleges and universities in our service area.

Sustainability Journey

Con Edison has been committed to sustainability for more than two decades – we have learned from our challenges and are proud of our successes. We recognize that sustainability is a journey, and while we have achieved much, we continue to look for ways to improve and meet the needs of our stakeholders.

Read more in the timeline below.

Timeline
2019
Building Sustainable Communities and a Cleaner Energy Future

Now one of the largest solar producers in North America, Con Edison is leading the way toward a cleaner energy future. We’re developing clean heating technologies as an alternative to fossil fuels, along with modernizing the grid to make it easier for customers to integrate renewable energy sources. As a next generation energy company, Con Edison is supporting a host of schools and community programs that are helping to prepare a whole new generation for green careers.

Additional Highlights:
  • Acquired solar and wind projects worth $2.1 billion, through our Clean Energy Businesses, making us the second largest solar producer in North America. The acquisitions doubled the amount of green power we own, which will avoid 5.4 million metric tons of carbon emissions annually – equal to removing 1.2 million vehicles from the roads
  • We’ve placed a temporary moratorium on new gas projects in most of Westchester, where natural gas constraints are severe. To help fill the need, we’re expanding energy efficiency and demand management programs to natural gas customers and seeking smart solutions, such as renewable natural gas and geothermal projects, as an alternative to fossil fuels. We continue to work toward additional gas infrastructure projects that can meet federal and state requirements
  • Providing low- and moderate-income customers access to the benefits and savings of clean energy by installing solar panels atop New York Housing Authority buildings
  • Supporting the state’s efforts to develop large-scale renewable generation, including offshore wind, while advocating for utility development and ownership, which would allow customers to reap the benefits and savings of renewable energy
  • We’re introducing college students to the possibility of future environment and energy careers through our Con Edison Scholars Network. It’s a community of Con Edison STEM Scholarship recipients from colleges and universities in our service area. Students are paired with employees who are alumni from their schools for mentorship. Networking and professional development helps foster their growth and excitement for science, technology, engineering and math careers
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