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Duke Energy Sustainability Plan at a Glance

This sustainability plan reflects Duke Energy’s commitment to operate in a way that is good for people, the planet and profits. It expands on the company’s business strategy and values.

Focus Area
Why It Matters
Provide innovative products and services in a carbon-constrained, competitive world
Our customers want products and services that are affordable yet responsive to environmental concerns
  • ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Reduce customer energy consumption by 2,500 gigawatt-hours (GWh) and peak demand by 2,100 MW by 2013
  • RENEWABLES: Scale up to 3,000 MW of wind, solar and biomass by 2020
  • AFFORDABLE AND RELIABLE ENERGY: Maintain rates lower than the national average and the high reliability of our generation and distribution systems
Reduce our environmental footprint
As an energy company, we have a large impact on the environment and depend on natural resources for our fuel
  • CARBON EMISSIONS: Reduce or offset the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from our U.S. generation fleet 17 percent from 2005 by 2020 (i.e., go from 105 million tons in 2005 to 87 million tons in 2020)
  • CARBON INTENSITY: Reduce the carbon intensity of our total generation fleet from 0.63 tons of CO2 per megawatt-hour (MWh) in 2005 to 0.50 tons of CO2 per MWh by 2020
  • WASTE: Increase the percentage of solid waste that is recycled from 52 percent in 2008 to 62 percent by 2012
Attract, develop and retain a diverse, high-quality workforce
Energy companies will be differentiated by the quality, creativity and customer focus of their employees
  • SAFETY: Achieve zero work-related fatalities and top-decile safety performance in employee total incident case rate (TICR) by 2012
  • EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT: Maintain management and employee engagement at 75 percent and 64 percent, respectively, or higher, as measured by favorable scores on survey questions
Help build strong communities
Our success is linked to the health and prosperity of the communities we serve
  • PHILANTHROPY: Develop the baseline number of individuals positively impacted by our support of key community partners during 2010
Be profitable and demonstrate strong governance and transparency
Creating shareholder value and earning the trust and confidence of our many stakeholders keeps us in business
  • SHAREHOLDER RETURN: Outperform our peers in total shareholder return, annually and over a three-year period, as measured by the Philadelphia Utility Index

To learn more, see our 2010|2011 Sustainability Report available on www.duke-energy.com.