CHICAGO - The Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) have recognized Exelon as a global leader in carbon emissions performance and reporting and as an industry leader in corporate sustainability.
DJSI named Exelon to its North America Index for the seventh consecutive year, in recognition of the company's corporate sustainability performance. Inclusion in the index is based upon an in-depth analysis of economic, environmental and social criteria, such as climate change strategies, energy consumption, human resources development, knowledge management, stakeholder relations and corporate governance.
"As one of the largest energy utility companies in the country, Exelon has a special responsibility to manage and report on the economic, environmental and social impacts of its business operations," said Christopher M. Crane, president and CEO of Exelon. "Under our Exelon 2020 program, we have eliminated the equivalent of more than 80 percent of Exelon's annual carbon footprint, and we take pride in being recognized as a company that is working effectively toward a clean energy future."
Exelon is also one of 15 companies - and two U.S. utilities - to be named to CDP's S&P 500 Carbon Performance Leadership Index (CPLI) in acknowledgment of its leadership in reducing carbon emissions and addressing climate change. Further, Exelon is one of seven utilities to be named to CDP's S&P 500 Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) for excellence in carbon emissions reporting.
Exelon is the only U.S. energy utility to be named to both the Global 500 CPLI and CDLI, which recognize the world's largest companies for leadership in carbon emissions performance and disclosure.
CDP gave Exelon a carbon disclosure score of 94 in 2012, an increase from its score of 79 in 2011. Exelon's CDP carbon performance grade improved to an A in 2012 from a C grade last year.
In addition to Exelon 2020, Exelon had numerous achievements in the area of corporate sustainability in the last year. For example:
• Exelon further expanded its clean energy portfolio through its acquisition of the 230-megawatt Antelope Valley Solar Ranch One project in California, as well as adding 138 megawatts through nuclear uprates.
• Exelon's Constellation business helped government, institutional, commercial and industrial customers in 10 states and the District of Columbia achieve 195,000 megawatt-hours of energy savings.
• Exelon and Constellation contributed approximately $37 million to charities and nonprofits in the communities they serve to support education, environmental stewardship, community development, arts and culture, and energy assistance.