PITTSBURGH, April 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNX) today released its 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report, which outlines activities and new initiatives undertaken during the past year to support the company's efforts to meet the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) outlined in its inaugural 2011 report.
"Though we are certainly not alone in our commitment to corporate responsibility, we are very proud to have been the first domestic coal or natural gas producer to develop such a report. In publishing our first report in 2011, our primary objective was to assist our customers, shareholders, employees, communities, elected officials, regulators and other stakeholders in better understanding our corporate responsibility goals and achievements," commented J. Brett Harvey, Chairman & CEO of CONSOL Energy. "In 2012, we continued to demonstrate that responsible business practices can coexist with energy production to deliver the fuel that drives economic growth and supports our quality of life, and that is reflected in this year's report."
"CONSOL Energy broadened the 2012 report to include additional Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) principles and reported against additional Key Performance Metrics to continue our performance improvement," added Katharine Fredriksen, CONSOL Energy's Senior Vice President - Environmental Strategy and Regulatory Affairs. "Looking forward, our short term strategic priorities are to continue to build on the "Absolute ZERO" program and to fully integrate the ZERO Accident culture into CONSOL Energy and its contractors. We also expect to further improve compliance through setting ambitious targets and metrics suitable for our business and in line with our core values."The following key accomplishments and program initiatives are among those included in the 2012 report: Safety: In 2012, CONSOL Energy had its best safety year on record with an overall (coal and gas) incident rate of 1.30. Notably, our Coal Division saw safety exceptions drop 11%, to 1.67 and miners at the Enlow Fork Mine worked over one million consecutive hours without incurring a lost time incident. Further, the Gas Division again worked another year without incurring a lost time incident.