Environmental Sustainability Initiatives
UGI Utilities is committed to sustainable business practices and growing the Company in an environmentally responsible way.
Natural gas is a clean‐burning, efficient, cost effective and abundantly available energy source. We pursue innovative and efficient energy solutions to benefit our customers and our communities.
Natural Gas vs. Coal, Oil and Electric
Natural gas is much cleaner than alternatives like coal, oil and electric (site to source). Our teams continue to work with customers and regulators to convert customers to natural gas as an abundant and reliable energy source.
Reducing Our Customers’ Emissions
UGI Utilities created dedicated Gas and Electric Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EE&C) programs that incentivize customers with rebates to offset the incremental equipment cost to install high efficiency appliances (ENERGY STAR® rated) over less expensive, standard efficiency appliances. High efficiency appliances will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions while lowering the customer’s utility bills.
While UGI does not use a significant amount of water resources in our regular business activities, we recognize the importance of maintaining water quality. Water analysis is an important aspect of UGI Utilities’ gas main construction. We conduct engineering analyses as part of our pipeline design to assess potential discharges to waterways. Through those efforts, we identify best practice management strategies for mitigating potential discharges.
We include these practices in our plans and permits so that they are employed during the construction phase. This includes engineering analysis of horizontal drills below waterways to assess potential inadvertent returns to those waters, and implementation of engineering controls during the drilling operations to prevent and contain any inadvertent returns that may occur. Additionally, we comply with all necessary regulations, including the Clean Water Act.
UGI Utilities continues to work towards more efficient methane management. As such, UGI is a partner in the EPA’s Natural Gas STAR and Methane Challenge programs. Participation in these programs signals a commitment to reduce methane emissions and furthers our goal to be a more efficient natural gas distribution company.