Exelon’s early commitment to responsive, low-carbon energy investment has enabled us to create advantages for our stakeholders while reducing our impacts on the environment. In 2003, we committed to a voluntary emissions reduction goal under the EPA Climate Leaders program. When we debuted Exelon 2020 in 2008, the Exelon family of companies charted a course to a low-carbon future with our industry-leading plan to abate our carbon footprint by more than 15 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year by 2020.
As we reached over 82% of our goal at the close of 2011*, we continue to focus on being a leading provider of reliable, clean energy in the communities we serve and strive to balance the environmental, social and economic aspects of electricity generation and energy distribution.
*Exelon 2020 performance is based on the pre-Constellation merger assets.
Our vision includes the following environment goals.
Our focus on Climate Change:
- Why Us? Why Now?
- While society continues to debate climate change, our conviction remains clear - climate change is real and our industrial world is a significant contributing factor. Exelon focuses on the reduction of carbon emissions because we hold an influential role as an electricity generator and distributor in seeing this industry through to a sustainable future.
“From Exelon’s perspective, climate change is one of the greatest financial, technological and public policy challenges facing our industry and the country.”
1. Capitalize on environmental leadership
Exelon has a broad range of environmental initiatives, and providing clean low-carbon electricity is a cornerstone of our business strategy because of its materiality to the energy industry and its significance to the overall global community. Our voluntary action to reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has built credibility with regulators and other stakeholders, providing us an opportunity to influence the emerging public policy that drives the future of electricity generation.
- As an early participant in the U.S. EPA’s Climate Leaders Program (and one of only eight electric utilities to join the program), Exelon has surpassed our commitment to reducing GHG emissions 8% below 2001 levels by achieving a 38% reduction by 2008. And through our Exelon 2020 program, we aren't stopping there.
- By participating in public listening sessions, stakeholder discussions, written comments, and delivered testimony, Exelon continues to play a constructive role in the finalization of the U.S. EPA rulemakings focused on improved air quality and water resource management.
- Through the retirement of older, less efficient and higher emitting fossil generation, and the increase of nuclear uprates, solar and wind generation in the market, Exelon is working to transition the US into a clean energy future.
Merger Update: Exelon 2020
- Both Exelon and Constellation understand the strategic importance of the environment to the business and appreciate that environmental performance and commitment are important to our customers, investors and employees. Together, the combined focus builds on Exelon 2020.
Exelon 2020: Merger Factsheet [PDF | 270KB]
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2. Adapt and advance Exelon 2020
The principles of the Exelon 2020 plan include providing more low-emission electricity, helping our customers reduce their GHG emissions and reducing the overall GHG emissions in the markets in which we operate. We are making tangible progress in meeting our Exelon 2020 goals, and are expanding our focus to seek not just low-carbon electricity, but electricity generation which is clean, safe, reliable and affordable. We have been making substantial investments in cost-effective, clean energy projects and we plan to further expand these intitiatives through 2015. Each of the Exelon companies is wholly committed to the roadmap.
Of course, Exelon 2020 is not just a roadmap for reducing our carbon footprint; it is also a tool that we use to engage and educate stakeholders on the best way to respond to their evolving priorities. We have expanded this year's analysis to reflect options for reducing not only carbon, but also other pollutants.
This new analysis reinforces the messages that have been stressed throughout the Exelon 2020 program: focus on the most cost-effective solutions to clean the nation's generation, and when possible, provide clear price signals to ensure the market meets society's desire for clean but affordable and reliable power. By modeling competing visions of cleaning the supply stack, we have shown that such an approach wins out in the areas that matter most to society.
Exelon 2020: 2011 Update [PDF | 8MB]Exelon 2020 serves as the business strategy that cements Exelon's value as the premier low-carbon company in the U.S. utility industry. Three years in, we are 56 percent towards our goal of abating 15.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year.
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- Continuous Improvement
- In 2011, Exelon transitioned to The Climate Registry reporting protocols to maintain continued transparency in it's GHG accounting following the EPA's phase-out of the Climate Leaders program.
3. Drive the organization to the next level of performance
We further generate sustainable value for our stakeholders through the Exelon environmental policy and a culture rooted in integrity, accountability and a drive for continuous improvement. We diligently manage our interactions with the environment, including the air, land and water we use, while taking action to preserve, protect and restore the bio-diverse habitats in which we operate. Sound governance plays an integral role in our ability to achieve results, and provides direction for improving the company's environmental performance, as well as sets the expectations for those who work with us.
- Since 2009, Exelon has engaged with Ceres to convene an independent stakeholder team comprising individuals from a range of constituencies that have expertise in environmental, social and governance issues. The team has provided extensive feedback on the adequacy of our sustainability reporting—including performance, goals, targets, systems, impacts, data and initiatives.
- For the fifth consecutive year, Exelon has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index (DJSI). The DJSI North America index recognizes the sustainability efforts of companies that are in the leading 20% of their sector among the 600 largest North American companies.
- In February 2011, Exelon Corporation was named to the “Bronze Class” level in SAM’s “The Sustainability Yearbook 2011” and was one of only five U.S.-based electric utilities to make the Sustainability Leaders 2010/2011 listings. SAM is an investment group focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing. Only the top-scoring 15% of 2,500 companies in each of the 58 sectors assessed are eligible for inclusion in SAM’s "Sustainability Yearbook".
- Exelon ranked fourth among utilities in the Newsweek magazine “2011 Green Rankings". The annual listing ranks the nation’s largest publicly traded U.S. companies in terms of environmental impact, management and disclosure.
- The charter for the Governance Committee of the Exelon Board of Directors includes the responsibility for overseeing Exelon’s policies and practices to protect and improve the quality of the environment, including climate change and sustainability policies and programs and the Exelon 2020 strategy.
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