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Building a Cleaner and More Diverse Future

Sustainability Report 2020

2020 Sustainability Highlights

Clean Energy

Safety & Environment

Clean Energy

Our commitment to clean energy includes 100% clean electricity by 2040, tripling our energy efficiency by 2030, and total support for the use of electric vehicles.

Public Safety

Safety & Environment

Public Safety

When the pandemic began, we helped set up field hospitals, powered testing sites, and made face shields for healthcare workers.

Efficiency

Safety & Environment

Efficiency

To reduce customers’ overall energy use, we’re offering rebates and incentives that will total $1.5 billion by 2025.

Renewable Energy

Operational Excellence

Renewable Energy

We’re the second-largest owner of solar electricity in North America and the seventh largest in the world.

Innovation

Operational Excellence

Innovation

We’re the first utility in America to install natural-gas detectors that can find gas leaks early and alert emergency responders faster than ever.

Accountability

Operational Excellence

Accountability

Our company made Newsweek’s list of America’s most responsible companies. Newsweek honors companies that are “good citizens and give back to the communities they operate in.”

Local Support

Customer & Community

Local Support

The pandemic led to a rise in food insecurity. In 2020, we donated more than $800,000 to organizations that feed the hungry.

Protecting People

Customer & Community

Protecting People

During the pandemic, we discontinued trips to customers’ homes for meter readings and other non-emergencies to keep the public and our employees safe.

Enhanced Customer Experience

Customer & Community

Enhanced Customer Experience

Thanks to our technology, customers can use Google and Amazon Alexa to manage their accounts.

Sustainability Journey

Con Edison has been committed to sustainability for more than two decades—we have learned from our challenges and are proud of our successes. We recognize that sustainability is a journey, and while we have achieved much, we continue to look for ways to improve and meet the needs of our stakeholders.

Read more in the timeline below.

Timeline
2021

For a Better Future

Everything Con Edison does as a company is with an eye toward creating a more sustainable, clean energy future for our customers, our nation and the planet. We’re committed to providing alternative forms of energy that give consumers more choices and help to make our communities healthier and greener. We understand the threats posed by climate change, and we’re taking bold steps to mitigate those threats and create a better world for ourselves and future generations.

Here’s a snapshot of what we’ve done in the past year:
  • We developed a climate resiliency and adaptation plan to change how we strengthen our energy systems based on our climate change vulnerability study.
  • CECONY’s $1.6 billion green bond issuance was the largest of its kind in the U.S.
  • We’re the second-largest energy producer in North America, and the seventh largest solar provider in the world and we now have a solar energy presence in 20 states.
  • Con Edison committed to the goal of 100% clean electricity by 2040. To that end, we’re accelerating the move toward electric vehicles by connecting thousands of new public and customer-owned charging stations.
  • We’re expanding efforts to reduce the use of fossil fuels for heating through energy efficiency, investing in emerging technologies and our innovative clean-energy technologies, including our Smart Solutions program.
  • Con Edison has the largest steam network in the U.S., which eliminates about 1 million tons of carbon dioxide each year.
  • Our company plans to invest $1.5 billion in energy efficiency by 2025 to meet statewide targets.
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