Creating more efficient buildings and operations

PG&E is committed to reducing energy, water and waste in our facilities and incorporating more sustainable practices throughout our supply chain. We continue to take responsibility for how our operations have affected the environment in the past.

“Greening” our own buildings

We actively pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) certification for new buildings and large remodeling projects, and have more than 15 certified projects.

We also created workplace standards for using environmentally responsible materials and construction practices. These new standards will help us improve indoor air quality, generate less waste and increase operational efficiency over the life span of our facilities.

In 2015, PG&E achieved continued reductions in energy, water and landfill waste at office facilities and service yards. We achieved the following goals:

  • Reduced energy use by nearly 2 percent. PG&E’s Step Up and Power Down initiative, an employee behavior-driven energy savings campaign for companies in San Francisco and San Jose, helped drive energy savings.
  • Reduced water use by nearly 8 percent by focusing on repairing leaks, replacing landscaping with drought-resistant approaches and engaging employees to reduce water use at work and at home.
  • Reached a nearly 80 percent waste-diversion rate.  Engaging employees in a friendly waste competition was key to our efforts.


Making our supply chains more sustainable

We’re creating partnerships and working with our suppliers to make our supply chain practices more sustainable. Our approach focuses on improving the performance of our top-tier suppliers: approximately 100 critical firms that represent about 60 percent of the annual $5 billion PG&E spend.

We expect our top-tier suppliers to follow a set of Supplier Environmental Performance Standards. These standards set the expectation that our suppliers:

  • Implement an environmental management system to track certain impacts.
  • Set voluntary reduction goals.
  • Publicly report their performance against goals.

As co-founders of the Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance, we’re partnering with other utilities to drive positive changes across our industry. Learn more about this effort. Visit Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance.


Saving more water

As we face the state’s worst drought in modern history, we are working vigorously to conserve water in our operations and at our facilities and engage our employees to reduce water use. We are also collaborating with key partners to limit the threat of wildfire due to the drought and protect the many watersheds that contribute to the vibrancy of our state.

We also offer customers a wide range of options to help them reduce their water use. Our water-saving solutions for residential customers include energy efficiency rebates for high-efficiency appliances, such as showerheads, and free wood chips for landscape mulching, which reduces evaporation. In addition, we offer incentives to agricultural customers who convert from sprinkler systems to water-efficient drip irrigation, and programs for energy-efficient pumping systems.

Altogether, customers who participated in PG&E programs reduced water usage by about 1.2 billion gallons in 2015, based on an analysis of our most common energy efficiency measures that deliver water savings.


Remediating historic sites

As part of PG&E’s environmental commitment, we are working to address contamination associated with historic PG&E operations and the operations of predecessor companies.

Learn more about our environmental remediation efforts. Visit Taking Responsibility.


Humboldt Bay Power Plant

Understand the background of the Humboldt Bay Power Plant, and learn about the project to decommission the nuclear power plant at the facility. Visit Humboldt Bay Power Plant.


Related links

Access archived press releases, opinion pieces and news stories. Visit PG&E Currents