In concert with its commitment to sustainability, PG&E has developed a Programmatic Sustainable Remediation Guidance Manual (PDF, 1.4 MB), which presents a dynamic roadmap and systematic approach for PG&E and its contractors to implement sustainable practices and principles throughout the entire lifecycle of PG&E remediation projects. The Guidance reflects a close collaboration with the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Depart of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) and industry experts on sustainable remediation. It emphasizes implementation of sustainable best management practices and quantification of related benefits across environmental, social, and economic elements.
PG&E has conducted formal introduction and training for the Guidance to its project managers, as well as more broadly to both consulting and regulatory communities. Application of the Guidance and its principles has been in effect since 2010, resulting in significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and offsite solid and liquid waste disposal during remediation activities, while maximizing stakeholder satisfaction and boosts to economies local to PG&E remediation sites.