4 May 2007 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Entergy among the winners of the 2007 Climate Protection Award for efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions.
Entergy was the only utility company among 17 Climate Protection Award winners, who were honored by the EPA for showing “ingenuity, leadership and public purpose by improving their environmental performance and encouraging others to do the same.”
“I’m proud that our employees are making Entergy a leader in the national conversation about climate change, one of the defining issues of our time,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer J. Wayne Leonard.
Entergy was the first utility in the nation to commit publicly to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. By 2005, Entergy had reduced its GHG emissions by approximately 20 percent from 2000 levels. Last year, the company set a goal of stabilizing its GHG emissions at 20 percent below 2000 levels through 2010. The company is working to reduce electric transmission line losses, manage and or replace sulphur hexafluoride gas equipment, modernize its fossil fleet with more combined cycle gas turbines, and with new offset projects.
“Great companies find a way to reach their financial goals without borrowing against the future. Nowhere is that more important than the sustainability of our climate and the rights of future generations who cannot speak for themselves today,” Leonard said.
In 2006, Entergy was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the fifth consecutive year. It was the only company in the U.S. electricity sector in 2006 to be named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index-World.
The EPA presented the Climate Protection Award to Entergy at a May 1 ceremony in Washington, D.C. Since 1998, EPA has recognized 139 individuals and organizations from 16 countries for outstanding efforts to curb climate change.