Case Study: Sustainability
Fueling Orlando’s eco-friendly Green Works initiative
Leading the way to a sustainable energy future
More impactful than renewables
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, natural gas has a vital role to play in a diverse energy mix. The conversion of electric generation to natural gas has had a greater impact on reducing harmful gas emissions than renewables.
Advancing technologies Peoples Gas is investing in emerging
Sustainability is at the core of Peoples Gas’ strategy, helping to strengthen our commitment to customers, communities, and industries throughout Florida. By increasing efficiency, decreasing our own system emissions, and supporting further use of CNG, LNG and RNG, our corporate initiatives support our strategic focus of safely delivering affordable, reliable Investing in renewable natural gas Peoples Gas is advancing renewable natural gas (RNG) through supply, advocacy, research, and development. This next-generation renewable natural gas will be produced from farms, landfills, and water resource recovery facilities. Creating energy from waste is a smart, carbon-neutral energy option for Florida’s industries. We’re also investing in liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) infrastructure to deliver cleaner, more affordable fuel for marine fleets, cruise ships, trucks, buses, and trains. EPA Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Peoples Gas has a long-term commitment to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge, a voluntary program to reduce and report methane emissions. As a program partner, we transparently report energy for homes and businesses in an environmentally-sustainable manner.
systematic and comprehensive actions to reduce methane emissions and are publicly recognized for the work we do to lower emissions in the U.S.
• Mitigating climate change, decarbonization, and reducing GHG emissions is a fundamental pillar of our strategic goal to fuel Florida’s future. • Peoples Gas is investing in emerging technologies and energy system advancements to further reduce emissions and achieve efficiency gains. • We made a voluntary commitment to replace cast iron and bare steel pipelines with plastic piping to lower emissions across our system. • Peoples Gas has a long-term commitment to the EPA’s Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge to reduce and report methane emissions.
technologies and energy system advancements including distributed generation, combined heat and power, and gas heat pumps to further reduce emissions and achieve efficiency gains. Cutting costs and carbon Energy efficiency is the least-cost path to energy affordability. By issuing nearly 40,000 cash rebates every year for energy-efficient appliances and equipment for homes and businesses, Peoples Gas is helping to create a cleaner, more cost-effective energy future. 37% less greenhouse gases are emitted from homes with natural gas versus those with all-electric appliances American Gas Association
Electricity generation CO2 savings from changes in the fuel mix since 2013
33% less greenhouse gases have been emitted by Peoples Gas since the STAR challenge began
million metric tons of carbon dioxide
“The City of Orlando is serious about our Green Works Orlando initiative. We already have 92% of our fleet operating on alternative fuels today, and compressed natural gas is a big part of that. We rely on CNG for fueling our solid waste fleet and we continue to expand its use in ours and other city agencies.” David L. Dunn, CFM Division Manager, Fleet & Facilities Management Division City of Orlando
Cleaner, safer infrastructure Peoples Gas is part of a concerted effort by natural gas utilities to upgrade our nation’s pipeline network in order to enhance safety and reduce emissions. Starting in 2011, we made a ten-year voluntary commitment to replace cast iron and bare steel pipelines with plastic piping to lower emissions across our system. Our 10-year improvement goal • Replace nearly 500 miles of cast iron or bare steel distribution pipeline, about 48 miles per year over 10 years • From this initiative, our goal is to reduce carbon-equivalent emissions (CO2 e) by 43%, nearly 55,000 tons annually over 10 years • Achieve a replacement rate of 6.5% annually. Peoples Gas exceeded its goal in 2017 with a 15.5% replacement rate
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Natural gas-related emissions reduction
Non-carbon-related emissions reduction
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