Our team makes sustainability a reality for organizations by developing customized energy solutions based on their needs. These solutions include demand response, renewables, thermal, commodity sales, energy efficiency and energy management services. Responding to the business goals of ROI- driven companies, our projects span multiple industries and range from 100 MW utility-scale renewable solutions to o -grid power solutions that employ small wind turbines and battery storage.
by Bruno Sarda, Vice President, Sustainability, NRG Energy
I proudly joined NRG exactly one year ago as the new head of sustainability, knowing I was joining the power sector at a time of rapid transformation. It’s an exciting time of technology and business model innovation, but it’s also a time of uncertainty. The surest thing we know about the future of power is that it won’t look like the past.
NRG closely monitors its environmental impacts. We emit CO2 when generating electricity at most of our facilities. The graphs presented below illustrate our U.S. scope 1 emissions of CO2e for 2014, 2015 and 2016. We anticipate reductions in our future emissions profile as we modernize our fleet through repowering, improve generation efficiencies and explore methods to capture CO2.
Legacy energy producers and distributors have been the target of disruptive business models and technology for decades.
Adapting to competition and increased demand for low-carbon power, even the largest electric utilities and multinational gas and oil giants are behaving like innovative startups in today’s economy, engaging with one-time foes and leaning on corporate responsibility and sustainability practitioners in an increasingly chaotic political atmosphere.
NRG follows the GRI Framework to report on issues of importance to the company and its stakeholders. As part of a re-evaluation of our sustainability strategy, in 2013, we engaged a third party to facilitate a formal assessment to determine these key issues. Our initial assessment identified 49 issues as important to stakeholders and the NRG business. Selecting which of these issues to report on then involved a series of internal workshops and fed into the process for feedback received from regular engagement with our external stakeholders (see key issues matrix).
As with other organizations that have chosen to make sustainability part of their strategic imperative, sustainability at NRG means driving business results, reducing risk and enhancing the company’s brand value. Sustainable Business lies at the core of our five-pillar strategy because it encompasses initiatives that embed sustainability throughout the organization. This includes our objectives to be recognized as a thought leader on transparency and other key issues, to measure key sustainable business goals and to manage stakeholder engagement.
The energy future we envision requires involvement from all our approximately 8,500 full-time employees (as of Dec. 31, 2016). Providing a sustainable work environment helps us align our actions with our core values, vision and mission. This means providing a workplace that allows our employees to execute at the highest levels and return home safely to their loved ones. It means actively engaging in our communities and supporting our partners. It means investing in our colleagues and supporting causes and organizations in which we believe.
In today’s global economy, virtually no organization is fully vertically integrated. This makes sustainability relevant across a company’s entire value chain. After setting an ambitious goal addressing downstream avoidance of greenhouse gas emissions, NRG is one of the first in its industry to include its supply chain as part of its internal sustainability commitments.
A key part of our business is enabling customers to achieve sustainable energy outcomes. In 2016, we provided more consumers and companies with access to cleaner, smarter energy choices through our Business Solutions team and our multi-brand retail business.
Making sustainable attainable is a big part of what we provide our business customers through a wide range of solutions in four main categories: renewables, services, distributed, and thermal.