Building a Smarter Energy Future - Duke Energy Sustainability Report 2017

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Building a Smarter Energy Future - Duke Energy Sustainability Report 2017

In its 12th year, Duke Energy's Sustainability Report provides details of the company's performance in four key areas – customers, growth, operations and employees. The report also tracks the company's progress on other sustainability goals and programs, such as:

  • The company's carbon dioxide emissions continue to drop – down 31 percent from 2005 levels, with a 40 percent goal by 2030.
  • Duke Energy continues to deliver value to customers, with a price per kilowatt-hour of electricity remaining lower than the national average in all six states the company serves retail electric customers.
  • The company has met its goal to recycle 80 percent of its solid waste a year early.
  • Duke Energy remains an industry leader and at the top of its peer group in employee safety, with the company's safety metrics continuing to improve.
  • In 2017, employees and retirees volunteered more than 115,000 hours in the community. May 1 marks the start of Duke Energy In Action Month, an annual initiative to galvanize employees around community service.

This year’s report and the stories in this campaign reflect a theme we’ve been observing over the past dozen years: The energy industry is in transition and the successful companies are those that continue to recognize and adapt to the changing expectations of the customers and communities they serve.


Content from this campaign

Duke Energy Empowers Economies Through Workforce Development
A growing issue for Duke Energy and many businesses is the gap between demand for skilled STEM workers and available talent to fill open positions. One of the ways the company is closing the gap is through our investments in education and workforce development. During 2017, our Duke Energy Foundation invested more than $33 million in charitable support for local organizations, many of...
May 17, 2018 1:00 PM ET
Fully Paid Parental Leave for Duke Energy’s Moms, Dads
Duke Energy in 2017 began offering its employees fully paid parental leave – totaling six weeks – to bolster workfamily balance and help attract and retain highly skilled workers. The new benefit catapulted Duke Energy to near the front of the pack among the nation’s largest electric utilities, many of which do not offer dedicated paid parental leave. Under Duke Energy’s new...
May 15, 2018 2:00 PM ET
Protecting Eagles While Generating Carbon-Free Energy
Duke Energy is installing new eagle protection technology at its Top of the World Windpower Project in Wyoming to detect in-flight eagles and prevent their collision with rotating wind turbine blades. Duke Energy is the first windpower operator in the U.S. to commercially deploy the new system, called IdentiFlight, which uses artificial intelligence and high-precision optical technology...
May 7, 2018 11:20 AM ET