Sempra Energy Releases 2020 Corporate Sustainability Report
- Achieving world-class safety;
- Enabling the energy transition;
- Driving resilient operations; and
- Championing people.
View the full details in the report at: sempra.com/sustainability/sustainability-report.
"Over the last two decades,
Achieving World-Class Safety
Safety underpins the high-performance culture seen across the
The unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19 reinforced the company's unwavering commitment to health and safety. Identified among the country's critical infrastructure,
Enabling the Energy Transition
- Decarbonization: Reducing the carbon content of energy in critical economic sectors – industrial, transportation and power generation – and emitting no more carbon in its operations than it removes from the atmosphere.
- Diversification: Bringing new lower- to zero-carbon fuel choices to every market it serves, coupled with the expansion of advanced energy networks and storage to improve resiliency.
- Digitalization: Integrating real-time information and cutting-edge analytics to benefit network operators and consumers with improved operational reliability and safety.
"Climate is at the center of our business strategy. That is why we have introduced an action-oriented framework around these three areas in this year's report – all with a focus on building a stronger and more growth-oriented business, while allocating capital with a view toward emitting less carbon dioxide than we remove from the atmosphere by the middle of this century," said
The company's action plan towards net-zero emissions includes interim goals and infrastructure deployment plans through three time periods: 2025, 2030 and 2050. Planned activities are outlined on page 22 of the report.
Driving Resilient Operations
Amidst the pandemic, employees across the
Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC(Oncor) connected more than 60 central-station renewable generators to the energy grid in 2020 with the capability of producing 11,000 megawatts of energy, while also connecting more than 40% of the state's wind generation capacity to the energy grid through its transmission facilities. San Diego Gas & Electric(SDG&E) is leveraging artificial intelligence and satellite technology to improve wildfire mitigation initiatives and help keep its communities safe from wildfire risks with one of the largest utility-owned weather monitoring networks in the nation. Southern California Gas Co.'s(SoCalGas) natural gas system provides flexible fuel delivery, long-term storage and reliable energy, especially for critical end-uses. The flexibility of natural gas as an energy resource has been critical in helping California's electricity providers increase renewable energy penetration.
- Sempra LNG's design standards for infrastructure resiliency were demonstrated as Cameron LNG experienced the effects of two Category 4 hurricanes in 2020 with no injuries and minimal damage to the newly constructed liquefaction facilities.
- IEnova, as a top renewable energy generator in
Mexico, is making critical infrastructure investments with a goal of achieving 97% availability for its renewable generation fleet by 2030 and supporting clean and sustainable economic growth in Mexico.
Championing People to Advance a High-Performance Culture
Other key factors in the company's high-performance culture are a commitment to workforce development and training and a focus on fostering an inclusive environment where diverse perspectives and backgrounds are embraced. In 2020,
- Leading from the top
- Accelerating engagement
- Creating opportunity
- Driving conscious inclusion
- Partnering with our communities
Learn more about Sempra's action plan on page 57 of the report.
- SDG&E and SoCalGas purchased more than
$1.7 billionin goods and services from businesses owned by women, minorities, service-disabled veterans and members of the LGBTQ community in 2020, marking the eighth consecutive year that each company's supplier diversity spending exceeded 40% in total, consistently surpassing the California Public Utilities Commission'sgoal of 21.5%.
- Oncor's supplier diversity accounted for nearly
$335 millionor 12% of its procurement spend, while the company issued $450 millionin sustainable bonds with proceeds designated for investments or expenditures with women- and minority-owned suppliers. Sempra Energy, its operating companies and the Sempra Energy Foundationcontributed nearly $52 millionto charities and other nonprofit civic and community groups in 2020. This includes more than $14 millionto support community-based organizations engaged in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Guidelines for the Report
This is the company's 13th annual sustainability report. This year's report draws guidance from leading global disclosure frameworks, including the
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