Mitigation

Duke Energy is working to slow climate change with a variety of carbon-reduction and conservation efforts.

Greenhouse gas emissions

We've been transitioning to cleaner energy sources for nearly a decade now. That's involved retiring nearly 50 coal units, building more efficient natural gas, adding renewables and continuing to safely operate our carbon-free nuclear plants. We've done this at a measured pace to keep electricity for our customers reliable and affordable.

We've accelerated our carbon-reduction goals to guide future decisions and investments about how we power our customers' lives. Our current goals include cutting CO2 emissions by half or more by 2030 and striving to be net-zero by midcentury.

But carbon's not the whole story. As a founding partner of the U.S. EPA's Natural Gas Star Methane Challenge program, we also use cost-effective technologies and practices that improve operational efficiency and reduce methane emissions in our natural gas infrastructure.

Energy efficiency

Our energy efficiency initiatives helped customers reduce energy consumption and peak demand by more than 16,700 gigawatt-hours and 5,900 megawatts, respectively, since 2008. This reduction in consumption is more than the annual usage of 1.25 million homes, and the peak demand reduction is equivalent to 10 power plants each producing 600 megawatts. Learn more about energy efficiency.

Land conservation

In addition to reducing greenhouse gases and improving energy efficiency, the company also has facilitated the conservation of more than 110,000 acres through direct land transactions or contributions to partner agencies from the Duke Energy Foundation. Preserving important lands through conservation easements and other avenues maintains tree canopy, protects wildlife, improves air and water quality and provides public recreation opportunities.

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