PECO has reduced greenhouse emissions by more than 54% since 2001 and has helped the environment through reduced use of natural resources, reduced waste disposal and fewer air contaminates. To achieve this, we have implemented programs including the replacement and repair of leaking sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) circuit breakers, improved building energy efficiency through Leadership in Environmental and Engineering Design (LEED) projects, gas distribution system leak reduction, purchase of renewable energy and increased recycling of metals, cardboard and office paper.
Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) is a colorless, odorless, non-flammable, and non-toxic synthetic gas used in some switches and breakers. With a greenhouse gas impact 23,900 times that of CO2, PECO has reduced SF6 emissions by more than 64%.
PECO recycles office paper as well as bottles, cans, and cardboard at the majority of our facilities with buildings and employees. Recycling products helps to reduce the amount of energy and materials needed to create virgin product as well as reducing the amount of methane created by land filling these materials thus reducing the amount of greenhouse gases emitted. Under Exelon’s project HERE (Helping the Environment by Recycling at Exelon), PECO has increased the recycling of office waste since 2001, recycling over one million pounds in 2010.
PECO recycles materials such as metal and mineral oil that is generated during construction projects or other projects executed in building or maintaining the transmission and distribution system. Recycling these products helps to reduce the amount of energy and materials needed to create virgin product as well reducing the amount of methane created by land filling these materials thus reducing the amount of greenhouse gases emitted. PECO has increased the recycling of metals by more than 200% since 2001, recycling nearly 6 million pounds in 2010.