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Environment 2020
Environmental Footprint
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Reducing Our Environmental Footprint

Since 2001, Entergy has operated under voluntary commitments to stabilize our CO2 emissions as part of our efforts to be environmentally responsible and manage risks related to potential federal legislation of emissions. According to a recent Benchmarking Air Emissions report using 2015 data, Entergy produces fewer CO2 emissions than 79 of the top 100 U.S. power producers, even though we produce the seventh-largest amount of electricity.

Our current commitment is to maintain CO2 emissions from Entergy-owned power plants and controllable power purchases through 2020 at 20 percent below year 2000 levels. Through 2017, our cumulative emissions were about 8 percent below our commitment level. While not reflected in the report's 2015 emission charts, Entergy's mercury emissions controls at our coal facilities became operational during 2016. This greatly reduced the company’s total mercury emissions. Learn more on our Clean Generation page.


Entergy also continues to invest in innovative projects that reduce emissions, such as IdleAir truck stop electrification technology and incentives for agricultural customers to convert diesel irrigation pumps to electric. To submit a project for consideration of funding through Entergy's Environmental Initiatives Fund, click here for the request for proposals. For a history of projects funded through the EIF, click here.

We assess biodiversity risks at all operating sites and develop facility-specific plans to reduce risks and protect and enhance biodiversity as needed. We also maintain a Biodiversity Peer Group that examines related legislation, regulation, and issues at all levels of government that impact Entergy's operations or are impacted by Entergy's operations, to provide a forum for members to discuss these issues, and to provide a vehicle for development and coordination of path-forward strategies. The group also is charged with identification and/or implantation of projects/programs to enhance biodiversity and promote awareness/educate employees and the public regarding the advantages to enhancing biodiversity. Our actions and programs are also guided by our avian and wildlife protection standard.

Recycling and Waste Minimization - Entergy has a waste management and minimization standard that outlines our basic philosophy and expectations regarding waste management issues and minimization. Entergy reduces waste by repurposing or recycling unused or obsolete material such as scrap wire and metal that is recycled, on-road and off-road vehicles and trailers sold through auctions, and miscellaneous stored materials deemed obsolete such as pumps, valves, electronic parts, office equipment and more through investment recovery sales. In 2017, these sales totaled approximately $11 million.
Our management approach to reduce waste includes resale/recycling of coal combustion residual, which is the largest single waste stream from our coal-fired plants. Entergy proactively sells much of this CCR for beneficial reuse. Entergy's 2017 recycle rate of 87 percent ranks it as one of the largest CCR recyclers in the country – thus, helping us reduce the amount of landfill space needed to dispose of this material.

More information on our recycling actions can be found in our 2017 Integrated Report and our Performance Data Table.

Minimizing Water Use

Reliable access to clean water is an area of increasing concern for many of the customers and communities we serve. We work to minimize our impact on water by using water-saving technologies and minimizing our water withdrawal in water-stressed areas.  We also use reclaimed or recycled water in our cooling systems where applicable. We protect water resources by maintaining a compliance rate with state and federal permit requirements of at least 99 percent from year to year. Related Performance Data: Net water use, Water permit exceedances.

Entergy's Lewis Creek plant is located in the state of Texas Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District, an area identified as water-stressed.  The plant worked with the water conservation district to optimize water use, gaining best practices that can help us use water wisely throughout our operations. The plant achieved its water conservation goal of minimizing freshwater withdrawals 30% by 2016 and maintained this level during 2017.


Protecting our Gulf Coast Communities:

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Environment2020 provides further direction and improvement over the next 10 years, as outlined in our Integrated Report.

Previous Sustainability Reports

Environmental Performance

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Verification

Environmental Metrics Assurance Statement

Entergy's Environmental Initiatives Fund: 15 Years

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