Greenhouse Gas Emissions
An important step in addressing the challenges of climate change is identifying ways to limit greenhouse gas emissions and educate people about these measures. American Water is dedicated to doing both.
The company was the first water or wastewater utility to join the Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Leaders program. As such, the company recently submitted its Climate Leaders Partner Goal Proposal to lower its greenhouse gas emissions per the volume of water it produces by 16% from 2007 levels by the year 2017.
Although other measures will be undertaken to address this goal, it will primarily be achieved by improving the energy efficiency of the water pumping process, which accounts for approximately 90% of the company’s greenhouse gas emissions.
American Water is committed to testing the efficiency of its existing pumps, evaluating the alternatives for improvement, designing the improvements, adding these projects to our five-year capital plan and executing the projects over the next seven years. American Water will monitor, measure and report our greenhouse gas emissions on an annual basis.
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