SCE Environmental Initiatives

Learn About SCE’s Sustainable Initiatives

SCE has a long history of being an industry leader in environmental stewardship that demonstrates how committed they are to protecting the environment and communities like yours.1

Check out some of SCE’s sustainable initiatives and programs below to see how they’re addressing extreme weather and air pollution, and how SCE is helping California meet a 40% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and a 100% reduction by 2045.2

SCE’s Sustainable Initiatives and Programs

1. Reducing Carbon Emissions

In the U.S., around 29% of carbon emissions come from the electricity sector, and most are linked to fossil fuels like coal and natural gas: a contributing factor to extreme weather.3

SCE is a national leader in partnering with customers to save energy and money. During the past five years, SCE and their customers have saved nearly 7.6 billion kilowatt-hours — which is more than enough electricity to power 1.1 million homes for a full year. These savings reduce carbon emissions by 3.2 million metric tons or the equivalent of removing almost 700,000 cars from California roads.4

2. Addressing Severe Weather

SCE supports the goals set by the California Global Warming Solutions Act, also known as Assembly Bill 32,5 and they’re currently working with state policymakers and stakeholders to implement key elements of this law as cost-effectively as possible. This will let SCE continue providing a reliable and affordable supply of energy to meet current and future electricity needs of their customers.

At the federal level, SCE supports a powerful approach to reduce pollution in our atmosphere with consistent rules, reasonable timelines, and other resources to allow the development of new technology while limiting economic disruption.6

3. Clean Air and Healthy Communities

Southern California continues to face severe air quality issues. 80% of the area’s emissions come from gas-powered cars, trucks, and trains; and the remaining portion comes from refineries, power plants, and factories. That’s why SCE believes in keeping an ongoing collaboration with Southern California stakeholders to resolve these issues for a sustainable energy future.6

One of the most promising opportunities to meet California’s environmental challenges and air quality standards is transportation electrification — powering passenger cars, delivery trucks, semi-trucks, and all other vehicles with clean energy instead of fossil-based fuels.

SCE is taking a leading role with its Transportation Electrification Plan, that was filed with the California Public Utilities Commission in early 2017, and includes more than $570 million in programs and infrastructure to address significant sources of carbon emissions and air pollution from heavy commercial and industrial vehicles. If approved, the plan will benefit many SCE customers, especially those living in communities located close to transportation corridors.7

4. Protecting Species, Habitats, and Ecosystems

From the desert tortoise and the California condor to the Mohave ground squirrel and the spotted owl, SCE carefully protects species, habitats, and ecosystems everywhere they operate. Whether they’re upgrading and expanding infrastructure for future reliability, or repairing poles or wires damaged by storms, environmental protection is an aspect SCE takes very seriously when building towards your California’s energy future.8

SCE is Committed to a More Sustainable Future, Are You?

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