Doing the Right Thing: Building Sustainability into our Operations

Doing the Right Thing: Building Sustainability into our Operations

At SDG&E, one of our primary goals is to help build a community that fosters innovation and forward thinking. This dedication to protecting and improving lives is driven by our priority to better our environment with changes that help us adopt cleaner energy, enhance safety measures and redefine how we operate our reliable energy grid.

We are “doing the right thing” by holding ourselves to high standards in ethics, safety, quality and sustainability.

Environmental Stewardship

Frequently partnering with local governments and environmental organizations, our environmental stewardship initiatives have been developed to serve our communities to the utmost. From promoting clean transportation to doing out part to diminish green house gases (GHGs) and air pollution, we encourage actions that combat climate change.

“We feel a sense of urgency about climate change and what it means for our future,” said Estela de Llanos, vice president of clean transportation, sustainability and chief environmental officer at SDG&E. “It is clear we need bold action and extensive collaboration to reverse these patterns.”

This is why, in our recent sustainability report, we outlined our environmental goals for the next 20 years!

Each year we aim to:

  • Plant at least 10,000 trees (starting in 2021), support local biodiversity with the "Right Tree Right Place" program and intelligent water use.

By 2030 we aim to:

  • Divert 100% of our organic green waste, especially green waste related to vegetation management, from entering landfills.
  • Increase recycled water use to at least 90% at all our facilities.

Sustainable Operations - Fleet Decarbonization

Our company has hundreds of employees driving throughout the state at any given time – ensuring that your power is safe and operational. And, since we’ve pinpointed this area as a focus, we plan to drastically reduce our reliance on fossil-fuel vehicles.

These benchmarks align with Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent announcement that California would halt the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035.

By 2030, we aim to:

  • Electrify 100% of the Light Duty Fleet.
  • Transition 30% of our overall fleet to Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV)*.

By 2040, we aim to:

  • Operate a 100% ZEV fleet.
  • Deploy 100% non-SF6 (sulfur hexafluoride) equipment, everywhere feasible.

We are proud to share additional examples of how we are building sustainability into our operations! To learn more about our aspirational goals, please visit

*CPUC and CARB Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) technologies definition includes full battery electric vehicles (BEV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Fleet goals contingent on original equipment manufacturer (OEM) vehicle availability and funding approval through the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).