Con Edison has clear environmental, health, and safety management systems. From hosting forums where environmental leaders can exchange ideas and share strategies for dealing with evolving challenges, to providing support to environmental groups and educational organizations, to launching pilot projects with technologies that demonstrate environmental benefits, Con Edison is committed to the safety and health of the communities they serve.1
Reducing Carbon Emissions
In the U.S., approximately 29% of carbon emissions come from the electricity sector, and the majority are linked to fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas2: a contributing factor to extreme weather.
Con Edison is working hard to produce half of New York’s electricity using clean, renewable resources like solar and wind by 20303, and they increasingly support customers who generate their own energy through solar. To date, Con Edison has helped reduce carbon emissions by 48% — the equivalent of removing more than 500,000 cars off New York roads each year.4
Since 2014, Con Edison has been part of the Fleet Electrification Initiative, a national commitment toward the use of electric vehicles. Under this initiative, 5% of Con Edison’s total annual vehicle funds are spent on plug-in EVs, charging stations, plug-in hybrids, battery-electric vehicles, and electric power units.
Con Edison’s clean fleet is growing, adding up to thousands of vehicles running on biodiesel blends, hundreds running on compressed natural gas, as well as hundreds of hybrids, plug-in cars, and bucket trucks.4 Plus, Con Edison also supports customers who own EVs by letting them earn money-saving incentives when they charge their EVs during off-peak hours.5
Saving Water Resources
Con Edison has several ongoing initiatives to lower their water use. In fact, two of their steam generating stations are reducing water consumption through efficiency improvement projects. In 2016 alone, Con Edison saved more than 38 million gallons of water, and they expect to see even greater results in the years to come.6
Habitat & Biodiversity
Con Edison understands trees are an important part of New York City’s infrastructure because trees contribute to clean air and water, reduce electricity costs, build home equity, and also make parks and streets look more beautiful.7
That’s why, when Con Edison works near trees to protect their electric infrastructure and prevent power outages, they only hire professional foresters specially trained in preserving tree health and who follow International Society of Arboriculture pruning guidelines.8
Con Edison continuously inspects trees, and when needed, they are carefully trimmed to keep them at a safe distance from overhead power lines. If a tree is removed due to electric infrastructure repairs and upgrades, Con Edison always plants a replacement.9
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