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
Air Emissions report, Entergy produces fewer CO2 emissions than 78 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 year-end 2015,
our cumulative emissions from 2001 were 9.0 percent below our cumulative
2001-2015 target. While not reflected in the report's 2014 emission charts,
Entergy's mercury emissions controls at our coal facilities became
operational this year. This will greatly reduce the company’s total mercury
emissions. Learn more on our
Clean Generation page.
Recycling is another strategy we use to reduce our footprint. Entergy
recycles significant amounts of fly ash, rechargeable batteries, and
electronic equipment. At many Entergy offices, we recycle white paper, mixed
paper, paperboard, cardboard, aluminum, steel and plastics. More information
on our recycling actions can be found in our
2015 Integrated Report
Performance Data Table.
also continues to invest in innovative projects that reduce emissions, such
truck stop electrification technology and incentives for agricultural
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.
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.
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, NPDES exceedances.
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.