SAN DIEGO, June 29, 2010 – Sempra Energy today released its second annual corporate responsibility report, which outlines the company’s 2009 performance and initiatives on a range of issues, including environmental stewardship, ethics, corporate governance, employee development, diversity and philanthropy.
Entitled “Powering Our Changing World,” the report details several milestones that illustrate Sempra Energy’s commitment to corporate citizenship and sustainability, including the contribution of nearly $14 million to nonprofit organizations and families in need by Sempra Energy and the Sempra Energy Foundation and the plan to invest nearly $15 billion over the next five years to bring cleaner energy resources to market.
“Sempra Energy and our subsidiaries are committed to being good corporate citizens and giving back to the communities we serve,” said Neal Schmale, president and chief operating officer of of Sempra Energy. “We’re also focused on meeting our customers’ current energy needs, while developing cleaner energy solutions and deploying more advanced technologies for the future. Our latest corporate responsibility report captures many of our efforts in these areas.”
Highlights from the 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report include:
• Reduced power plant emissions rate: Sempra Energy companies have reduced their power plant carbon-dioxide emissions rate about 34 percent since 2005 to a level that is now 46 percent below the national average.
• Renewable power: Sempra Generation completed its first wind energy project and broke ground on the largest photovoltaic solar power project in the U.S.
• Groundbreaking energy-efficiency programs: In 2009, Sempra Energy’s California utilities – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) – helped customers save enough natural gas to supply more than 49,000 homes and enough electricity to power approximately 82,000 homes for one year.
• Innovation: In 2009, SDG&E partnered with Nissan and ECOtality as part of the utility’s smart grid initiative to launch the largest transportation electrification project in U.S. history, making San Diego a national leader in clean transportation.
• Top company for diversity: More than 50 percent of Sempra Energy’s U.S. workforce is comprised of minorities and 31 percent are women, earning Sempra Energy honors in 2009 for leadership in diversity.
Sempra Energy also recently was ranked one of the “100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for excellence in seven categories, including environmental stewardship, climate change, human rights, employee relations, financial performance, philanthropy and corporate governance.
Sempra Energy’s 2009 corporate responsibility report is available online at: Powering Our Changing World.
Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2009 revenues of more than $8 billion. The Sempra Energy companies’ 13,800 employees serve more than 29 million consumers worldwide.
Sempra Pipelines & Storage, Sempra Generation, Sempra LNG and RBS Sempra Commodities dba Sempra Energy Solutions and Sempra Energy Trading are not the same companies as the utility, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) or Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), and Sempra Pipelines & Storage, Sempra Generation, Sempra LNG and RBS Sempra Commodities dba Sempra Energy Solutions and Sempra Energy Trading are not regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission.