Exelon also was one of only two utility companies named to the S&P 500 CDLI and CPLI, indexes that recognize the top 10 percent of responding U.S. companies from the S&P 500.“Companies that score highly enough to be included in the Climate Disclosure Leadership Index are responding to the call for greater corporate climate accountability,” said Paul Simpson, chief executive officer of CDP. “They have demonstrated leading practice for the measurement of greenhouse gas emissions and energy use and transparency of their climate change strategy.” The foundation of Exelon’s climate performance is Exelon 2020, a program that drives the company toward a goal of reducing, offsetting or displacing 17.5 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year by 2020. Exelon increased its goal from its original target of 15.7 million metric tons to account for its merger with Constellation in March 2012. As of the end of 2012, Exelon had achieved more than 89 percent of the original goal. In addition to Exelon 2020, Exelon had numerous achievements in the area of corporate sustainability last year. For example, the company:
- Added nearly 500 megawatts (MW) of new, clean generating capacity – including 404 MW in new wind projects, 31 MW in new solar and 63 MW in nuclear power uprates – creating jobs, tax revenue and shareholder value;
- Donated nearly $28 million to nonprofit organizations and provided more than 105,000 hours of employee volunteer service in its communities;
- Supported certified minority- and women-owned businesses with more than $750 million in Exelon business;
- Made substantial contributions to the economic health of its communities, paying $13.1 billion for materials, goods and services; $8.0 billion in compensation, benefits and contracting expenses; and $1.7 billion in dividends, interest and taxes; and
- Achieved its best-ever industrial safety performance.