|Management Approach||We constantly look for ways to improve and grow our company while reducing our impact on the environment.|
|EN1||G4-EN1||Weight or volume of materials||Most high volume materials are purchased by length, reel, pole, transformer, case, truckload or other measure with no consistent relationship to weight or volume. See G4-EN3 for fuel quantities.|
|EN2||G4-EN2||Materials used that are recycled content||It is not possible to precisely determine how much of the material we use to provide electric and natural gas service comes from recycled sources. A portion of steel, aluminum, other metals and plastics may come from recycled sources, and we actively pursue recycling of these materials when their useful life has been reached. Nearly all fuel used is virgin material, because sufficient volumes of recycled fuels are not available.|
Most of the energy we use is from fuels. See the Fuels Consumed for U.S. Electric Generation table.
Another significant energy use is electricity for the buildings we occupy. In 2014 Duke Energy consumed approximately 140 gigawatt-hours of electricity in its commercial buildings (excludes Duke Energy Progress and Duke Energy Florida, where a consistent tracking system is being developed).
|EN4||Indirect energy consumption||We do not centrally track these data. Indirect energy consumption is very small relative to direct energy consumption from fuels to generate electricity.|
|EN5||G4-EN4||Energy consumption outside of Duke Energy||
We track the amount of energy we supply to customers, and have many initiatives to help them save energy.
In our Our Sustainability Plan And Goals we have a goal to achieve a cumulative reduction in customer energy consumption of 15,000 gigawatt-hours (equivalent to the annual usage of 1.25 million homes), and achieve a cumulative reduction in peak demand of 4,800 megawatts (MW) (equivalent to eight 600-MW power plants) by 2020. Click Show Goals in the Customers section of the Plan for an update.
|Energy intensity and reduction||
2014 fossil fuel consumed is approximately 456 million MWh.
MWh electricity produced, from our 2014 Sustainability Report, was 260,337 thousand MWh.
The calculated Energy Intensity was:
(2013 is the base year for our reporting of this G4 indicator.)
In the electric utility industry context, energy efficiency is pertinent to both generation efficiency, which we report in GRI economic indicator EU11, and in use of electricity by customers, which we report in G4-EN4, and here.
Energy efficiency programs vary by state and we provide information for each state on our website.
|Commentary on Water Management||See Preserving And Protecting Water Resources in our 2014 Sustainability Report.|
|EN8||G4-EN8||Water withdrawal||See Water Withdrawn and Consumed in the Environmental Performance Metrics section of our Sustainability Report.|
|EN9||G4-EN9||Water sources and habitats affected by withdrawals||Water for various aspects of electric generation is drawn from surface and underground sources. Large volume withdrawals are regulated by state or federal permit conditions that are designed to prevent adverse impacts on aquatic species and communities.|
|EN10||G4-EN10||Water recycled or reused||
Our largest, most material use of water is for electric generation cooling. Approximately 98 percent of the water withdrawn is returned to the source after once-through cooling. The returned water is available for other uses.
Our largest recycling of water is through use of closed-loop cooling systems, and we do not record the volume of water recycled through these systems. See Water Withdrawn and Consumed in the Environmental Performance Metrics section of our Sustainability Report.
In 2014, water consumption totaled approximately 357 gallons per net MWh electricity produced.
|EN11||G4-EN11||Land in and adjacent to protected areas and areas of high biological diversity value||We help protect the biological diversity of lands we own or manage. Specific permits and licenses regulate our operations in some of these areas. See several examples.|
|EN12||G4-EN12||Impacts on high biodiversity value areas, including transmission line corridors||Environmental analyses performed during planning stages of new facilities are used to identify potential areas of high biodiversity value. If such areas are found, permit conditions are designed to prevent or minimize impacts.|
|EN13||G4-EN13||Habitats protected or restored||We manage and protect various habitats surrounding our facilities and along our rights-of-way.
|EN14||G4-EN12||Programs to manage biodiversity||Duke Energy is a strong partner with environmental organizations. We also provide examples of how we are protecting turtles, and protecting migratory birds in recent sustainability reports.|
|EN15||G4-EN14||Special species habitats||At times, species of special concern to state and/or federal agencies are found on company land. We work closely with agency personnel to protect these species. See EN14.|
|Emissions, Effluents, and Waste|
|Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions||See Emissions from Generation and our response to the Carbon Disclosure Project.|
|Other relevant indirect GHG emissions||We do not track or report our indirect emissions. They are a very small percentage relative to our direct emissions.|
|EN18||G4-EN19||Initiatives to reduce GHG emissions, and reductions achieved||See A Message From Our CEO, Advancing Low-Carbon Technologies, and an update on our carbon emissions reduction goals in our Sustainability Plan And Goals (click Show Goals in the Operations section of the Plan and Goals for an update.|
|EN19||G4-EN20||Ozone depleting emissions, by weight||We do not centrally track these data. Each facility is responsible for its own compliance with recordkeeping requirements.|
|EN20||G4-EN21||NOx, SO2, & other significant air emissions by type and weight||
See the Emissions from Generation and U.S. Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) tables in the Environmental Performance Metrics section of our Sustainability Report.
Mercury emissions to air in 2014 were approximately 1,029 pounds, or approximately 0.000004 pounds per net MWh electricity produced (from our TRI reports).
|EN21||G4-EN22||Total water discharges||Given our combinations of once-through cooling systems, recirculating systems and other water discharges, we do not record a total quantity.|
|EN22||G4-EN23||Total weight of waste by type and disposal method||See the Waste table in the Environmental Performance Metrics section of our Sustainability Report.|
|EN23||G4-EN24||Total number and volume of significant spills||See the Reportable Oil Spills table in the Environmental Performance Metrics section of our Sustainability Report.|
|EN24||G4-EN25||Transported hazardous waste||
See the Waste table in the Environmental Performance Metrics section of our Sustainability Report.
In 2014, hazardous waste generation totaled approximately 0.00037 pounds per net MWh electricity produced.
|EN25||G4-EN22||Water discharge impacts||Discharges are to rivers and lakes by regulatory permits. Those permits and our operating practices are designed to protect the environment and aquatic species.|
|Products and Services|
|EN26||G4-EN27||Environmental impact mitigation||Electricity and natural gas cannot be recycled in the usual sense. We recycled over 60,000 tons of solid wastes resulting from our operations in 2014. See the Waste table in the Environmental Performance Metrics section of our Sustainability Report.|
|EN27||G4-EN23||Percentage of product that is recycled||Electricity and natural gas cannot be recycled in the usual sense. We recycled over 58,000 tons of solid wastes resulting from our operations in 2013. See the Waste table in the Environmental Performance Metrics section of our Sustainability Report.|
|EN28||G4-EN29||Incidents and fines for environmental non-compliance||See the Environmental Regulatory Citations table in the Environmental Performance Metrics section of our Sustainability Report.|
|EN30||G4-EN31||Environmental protection expenditures||We do not centrally track this broad range of expenditures. However, please see our Sustainability Report for more information on recent and planned expenditures to reduce emissions.|