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SDG&E Releases Sustainability Strategy to Advance Carbon Neutrality

Oct. 12, 2020
Strategy outlines initiatives to enable a just and equitable transition to a cleaner energy economy.

Amid the growing urgency to address climate change and its impacts, San Diego Gas & Electric Co. (SDG&E) recently released a comprehensive sustainability strategy with aspirational goals in the areas of environmental stewardship, clean transportation, grid modernization, community engagement, and company operations to support California's clean energy ambitions.

The company's holistic approach to sustainability builds on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles, as well as its accomplishments to date. Titled Building a Better Future: Our Commitment to Sustainability (available here), the document will serve as a foundation for the SDG&E to work toward key sustainability goals in the years and decades to come. Similar to climate action plans developed by local cities, the SDG&E aims to update and evolve its "living" sustainability strategy to reflect stakeholder feedback, regulatory policies, and technological breakthroughs.

"It's imperative that we move more quickly to address climate change with strategic investments and partnerships because the stakes are so high if we fail to take collective action now," said Caroline Winn, the SDG&E's chief executive officer. "As an energy company, we have an important role to play in the fight against climate change by not only doing our part to reduce emissions from our own operations, but also to develop and encourage the use of energy innovations that can make a difference."

The SDG&E aligned its sustainability goals with California's landmark climate policies and the company's own values. It is working with regional stakeholders and community-based organizations to help facilitate a just and equitable transition to a cleaner energy economy that does not leave behind vulnerable populations facing disproportionate impacts.

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