Exelon’s early commitment to responsible, low-carbon energy investment has enabled us to create advantages for our stakeholders while minimizing our impact on the environment. We have been able to meet energy needs while:
- Maintaining the quality of our air, land and water resources
- Minimizing our impacts on diverse species and habitats
Committed to the environment
Our commitment to the environment is integral to Exelon’s culture and corporate strategy. We understand that to be successful, we must constantly improve our environmental performance by managing our environmental impact on the air, land, water, climate and biodiversity.
- Air. Low-emission technologies enable us to keep our generation portfolio air emission rates well below industry averages.
- Land. We are identifying additional opportunities to reduce waste streams, increase recycling, safely manage spent nuclear fuel and properly address legacy issues.
- Water. We continue to review water use at company facilities and to explore opportunities to use water resources more efficiently and effectively.
- Biodiversity. We will continue to establish plans and projects to identify and protect rare, threatened and endangered species and sensitive habitats around our facilities.
- Exelon 2020 cements Exelon's value as the premier low-carbon company in the U.S. utility industry. In 2012, we reached over 89% of our goal to abate 15.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year based on pre-merger assets. In 2013, we have updated the Exelon 2020 goal to include legacy Constellation GHG goals and our new combined goal is to abate 17.5 million metric tons by 2020.
Exelon 2020 Plan: 2011 Update Download (PDF | 8 MB)
Focus on Continuous Improvement
Sound governance plays an integral role in our ability to achieve progress. Exelon maintains a policy for the environment that provides direction for improving the company’s environmental performance and sets the expectations for those who work for us. We closely monitor regulatory compliance across our sites, and seek to enhance operations through proactive initiatives. Below is a summary of Exelon's compliance performance over the last three years.
Sustainability Reflection and Reporting
Beginning in 2008, Exelon engaged with Ceres to convene an independent stakeholder team with expertise in environmental, social and governance issues. The team provides extensive feedback on the adequacy of our sustainability reporting—including performance, goals, targets, systems, impacts, data and initiatives.
Global Reporting Initiative.
Exelon uses the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Index to measure and report our economic, environmental and social performance. The GRI framework is the world's most widely used framework of internationally accepted guidelines and principles for sustainability reporting. Exelon's Corporate Sustainability Report includes a GRI Index of the report's content. A full Exelon Corporation GRI Index is also available.
Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
For the seventh consecutive year, Exelon has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index (DJSI) in 2012. 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.
Newsweek Green Ranking.
Exelon ranked number five among utilities in the Newsweek magazine “2012 Green Rankings." The annual listing ranks the nation’s 500 largest publicly traded U.S. companies in terms of environmental impact, management and disclosure. Companies do not apply to be included in these rankings.