Eversource Makes Newsweek Green List
When asked about the key factors in Eversource Energy’s sustainability success, resulting in a constant stream of recognition, Ellen Angley, Eversource Energy Vice President Supply Chain, Environmental Affairs & Property Management, put it simply; “First, our performance is very metric driven. Second, sustainability is one of our core ethics and comes directly from our CEO. His commitment translates into a company-wide commitment that permeates everything we do.”
The Newsweek Green Rankings are one of the world’s most recognized assessments of corporate environmental performance. Companies are compared against their industry group peers and scores are based on factors including levels of greenhouse gas emissions, water and waste productivity, as well as the transparency and objectivity of their environmental performance data.
Eversource is once again being nationally recognized for its leadership in corporate sustainability and environmental performance, placing 20th among 500 U.S. companies in Newsweek’s annual Green Rankings list. Eversource has been a consistent high performer in the annual survey. The 2017 list represents Eversource’s best overall performance to date among U.S companies, and it also placed fourth among U.S. utilities. “It’s very rewarding to see our commitment to environmental sustainability be recognized in this way,” said Chairman, President and CEO Jim Judge. “With the support of our employees, we will continue to build on the #1 ranking of our energy efficiency programs, grow our clean energy portfolio, and partner with our customers and communities as stewards for our environment.”
Angley continued; “The technology is certainly helping us. The timing is right for our partnership with DONG Energy – a global leader in offshore wind for our Bay State Wind project which proposes the first large-scale off-shore wind farm in the U.S. As the numbers for solar are starting to make sense, our solar production is about to go from 8MW in 3 existing facilities to 62mw in 19 new facilities in some stage of development.
“In fact, supply chain sustainability is recognized as the more challenging part of the sustainability picture, but we have inspiration in The Alliance and its members and we are tackling it too. First we had to get our own house in order so we could say, ‘We’ve done this and we want you to do some things too.’ The first piece that was visible to our suppliers was converting all of our transactions to digital – no paper.
“Next, we are including sustainability in our supplier evaluations for all our procurements and contracts and starting some real conversations with suppliers. It’s a longer evolution but one we are working on, starting with the simple things: wherever we can, eliminate wood and rails, requesting significantly less packaging on our LED lighting, asking our suppliers to start tracking their supply chain sustainability.
“We have a core internal team to help make supply chain sustainability a specific part of every purchasing agent’s goals. In 2018, we want supply chain sustainability to catch up with our other sustainability accomplishments.”