New England’s Unitil commits to net-zero emissions by 2050

Credit: Unitil

Unitil Corporation announced this week a commitment to reduce company-wide direct greenhouse gas emissions from 2019 levels by at least 50 percent by 2030, and to net-zero emissions by 2050. These goals are part of the company’s overall commitment to environmental stewardship, sustainability and corporate responsibility, and are consistent with the goals established under the Paris Climate Agreement.

Unitil said in a press release that it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its buildings, vehicles and pipelines, while continuing to provide safe and reliable service for its customers. In addition, Unitil will continue to work with customers, policymakers and industry leaders to reduce emissions from the energy supply delivered to customers.  

In addition to protecting the environment, it anticipates these actions will enhance operating efficiency and lower costs.

“As a regional leader in energy delivery, we have a responsibility to reduce emissions from our own operations consistent with our nation’s climate goals, and those of the Paris Climate Agreement,” said Thomas P. Meissner, Jr., Unitil’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

“Through our commitment and pathway to net-zero emissions by 2050, we will support the transition to a net-zero carbon economy.”

Unitil Corporation is a public utility holding company with operations in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Together, Unitil’s operating utilities serve approximately 107,100 electric customers and 85,600 natural gas customers.

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