The largest US gas distribution company, SoCalGas, has committed to achieving net zero by 2045 through various decarbonising strategies including implementation of hydrogen blending.
The plan includes replacing 50% of SoCalGas’ over-the-road fleet with electric, hybrid, natural gas, and fuel cell electric vehicles.
In addition to this, SoCalGas will look to establish state-wide hydrogen blending standards and complete five hydrogen pilot projects by 2025.
With the commitment, SoCalGas, reportedly, becomes the largest gas distribution utility in North America to set a net zero target that includes scopes one, two and three greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
This target means not only will SoCalGas look to eliminate the company’s own direct emissions, but those generated by customers too – this is a total of 22 million customers across Southern California.
Scott Drury, CEO of SoCalGas, said, “Our mission is to build the cleanest, safest and most innovative energy company in America.”
“We will lead the energy transition by providing clean fuels and innovative technologies essential to carbon neutrality for California.”
“Through collaboration and partnership, California can develop clean energy solutions at scale and serve as a global beacon for energy innovation.”
The future of energy will bring increased integration of the electric and gas systems. As we make this transition, SoCalGas will continue investing in infrastructure and technologies to maintain a system that delivers affordable, reliable, and clean energy.