Southern Company earned a score of A- from the CDP for its environmental transparency and leadership within the North America region and electric utilities sector. 2021 marked the second consecutive year Southern Company received an A-, up from a B in 2019.
The CDP, formally the Carbon Disclosure Project, is a global nonprofit that releases annual scores to incentivize and guide companies and municipalities in becoming leaders in environmental transparency and action. By completing CDP’s annual request for climate change disclosure, Southern Company is demonstrating the transparency and accountability vital to tracking progress toward a thriving, sustainable future.
“As Southern Company works to achieve a net-zero carbon future, we remain committed to our core principles of providing clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy to our customers and communities. We are also committed to being transparent in this process and in how we plan for the future,” said Jeff Burleson, Southern Company Senior Vice President, Environmental and System Planning. “We are pleased our 2021 score of A- once again places Southern Company among the top companies utilizing current best practices in climate disclosure.”
In Southern Company’s most recent in-depth climate report, Implementation and Action Toward Net Zero, Southern Company set a long-term goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 and reaffirmed its interim goal of reducing GHG emissions 50% by 2030, as compared to 2007 levels. Southern Company expects to consistently achieve GHG reductions of greater than 50% by 2025, a full five years earlier than its 2030 goal.
Southern Company also issued the 2019/2020 Corporate Responsibility Executive Summary last year, highlighting key areas of interest to help stakeholders access environmental, social and governance disclosures and other information on topics like GHG emissions and diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.