Pepco, a public utility owned by Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), provides safe and reliable energy to more than 842,000 electric delivery customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
This effort and its goals are guided by the Exelon Environment Policy, which contains a core set of principles that inform our decision-making.
Climate change represents one of the greatest challenges of our time, and demands that we actively pursue every opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Exelon Utilities collectively have targeting meeting or exceeding a 2% per year pipe replacement rate in their gas distribution systems. PHI’s DPL Gas business has joined the other Exelon Utilities in this collective commitment to replace older cast iron and steel piping with plastic piping to reduce methane emissions.
Industrial Recycling incorporates recycling of copper, aluminum, steel, lead, meters, transformers and oil. More than 20 million pounds of metals and more than 438 thousand gallons of oil were recycled in 2016. These two programs offset thousands of tons of carbon emissions. We continue to build on their combined success while also actively searching for ways to green our supply chain.
Exelon, our parent company, led the formation of the Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance, along with 14 other electric utilities in 2008. The Alliance works to improve environmental performance in electric utility industry supply chains. This includes the development of voluntary consensus standards for evaluating the environmental attributes of key materials and services provided to the electric utility industry; the environmental performance of suppliers to the electric utility industry; and the environmental performance of an electric utility industry company’s supply chain operations.
We go about protecting these environmentally sensitive areas in a number of ways. We use the latest site assessment and planning techniques to protect habitats when we design, build, and operate new facilities as well as when we go about daily activities such as maintaining power lines that fall within wetland environments. Working closely with federal, state, regional, and local agencies to obtain the appropriate permits when working within regulated wetland areas is also a high priority and helps to protect and preserve these locations.