Climate change
EWEB Prius

Understanding that climate change represents environmental, economic and social risks, the utility created and adopted a Climate Change Policy in 2007.

As part of our commitment to protecting and enhancing the environment, EWEB is taking a close look at our operations and service delivery and is introducing a variety of new initiatives.

Climate change policy

Learn what steps EWEB is taking to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Greenhouse gas inventory

EWEB has also completed five greenhouse gas inventories of its internal operations, compliant with The Climate Registry Electric Power Sector Protocol.

In 2011, EWEB operations greenhouse gas emission reduction goals were developed to set a target for reductions within our own operations. The goals are:

  • By 2020 achieve greenhouse gas levels 25% below 2009 levels in all EWEB operations
  • By 2030, reduce fossil fuel use by 50% (compared to 2009 levels)
  • By 2050, EWEB operations will be carbon-neutral (i.e. reduce net carbon to zero)

An operations climate action plan has been created to chart our way to achieving the reduction goals. Climate adaptation for utility operations is also being researched.

Fleet

One of the first changes we made was to set a new target for the performance of our vehicle fleet. EWEB set a utility-wide goal to reduce fossil fuel use by 10% in 2010 (compared to fuel use in 2009). We made excellent progress on this goal in the first year and reduced fossil fuel by 9.7%. Then when the operations greenhouse reduction goals were adopted we aligned fleet initiatives to reduce fossil fuel use with the aim to reduce fossil fuel use 50% by 2030.

One of the ways to decrease fuel use is to reduce vehicle idling. EWEB adopted idle reduction guidelines in April 2010. To help reach the fossil fuel reduction goal, EWEB has also:

EWEB's idle free zone sign
  • Removed underutilized vehicles from the fleet
  • Right-sized vehicles for specific duties
  • Increased biodiesel use to B20
  • Purchased flex fuel vehicles to enable e85 fuel use
  • Developed a "green service" for all vehicles, decreasing the hydraulic and engine oil by about 50% (compared to 2009 levels)

Fuel reduction is expected to:

  • Save money in fuel purchases each year
  • Improve air quality
  • Reduce noise pollution
  • Prevent climate changing greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere
  • Reduce the wear and service needs on vehicles and equipment

For its commitment to excellence and continuous improvement EWEB's fleet has been recognized with Clean Fleet Tier 5 Certification, and earned a 16th place ranking in the 100 Best Fleets in North America. The fleet maintenance shop has also earned national recognition by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) as a Blue Seal of Excellence service center. In addition, EWEB's fleet shop has gained Lane County Pollution Prevention Coalition "Eco-biz" certification, a pollution prevention award of excellence.

Clean Fleet logo 100 Best Fleets logo Automotive Service Blue Seal of Excellence logo Eco-Logical Business certification log