Our commitment to the environment extends beyond operating in compliance with applicable laws, regulations and requirements. We strive to not only act responsibly but also to serve in a leadership capacity in addressing the environmental challenges that impact our company and our stakeholders.
Review the policy that guides our environmental concerns.
Review the policy that guides our environmental concerns.
The Exelon Environment Policy, which contains a core set of principles that inform our decision-making, helps guide PECO’s environmental efforts and goals.
Examine our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint.
Climate change represents one of the greatest challenges of our time and demands that we actively pursue every opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
See how we are managing materials and properties more efficiently.
More than 95% of the waste generated on PECO's system has been recycled this year. This includes organic and non-organic materials ranging from paper and plastic from offices to oils and metals from job sites.
Office Recycling: All PECO office buildings recycle paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, glass bottles and metals cans and more than 25% of office waste is recycled.
Industrial Recycling: When possible, PECO safely recycles materials from work locations and job sites, such as metals, transformers, poles, rubber, vegetation, asphalt and oil. In 2008, Exelon, led the formation of the Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance, along with 14 other electric utilities. The Alliance works to improve environmental performance in electric utility industry supply chains. This includes the development of voluntary consensus standards for evaluating the environmental attributes of key materials and services provided to the electric utility industry; the environmental performance of suppliers to the electric utility industry; and the environmental performance of an electric utility industry company’s supply chain operations.
Exelon was also the first U.S. based utility to join the Carbon Disclosure Project’s Supply Chain Leadership Collaboration. As part of our commitment, Exelon is asking top suppliers to voluntarily disclose their greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption.
View our accomplishments in preserving and protecting wildlands and wildlife.
PECO has developed a comprehensive avian protection plan to reduce bird mortalities from electrocution. This plan includes establishing new distribution line construction standards, removing or relocating nests, providing employee training on avian management and establishing bird perch deterrents.
We support municipalities through the proactive removal of diseased, weakened or tall-growing trees that may impact our overhead power lines. PECO directs customers to the
Arbor Day Foundation's educational materials about the benefits that planting the right tree in the right place can provide, including enhanced property value and increased energy efficiency.
PECO spends millions of dollars each year on tree clearance and vegetation management work around the company's 14,000 miles of electric transmission and distribution lines. This work ensures PECO maintains compliance with strict federal reliability standards for transmission system reliability.
PECO owns and maintains 12,000 acres of land used as electric transmission Rights-of-Ways (ROWs) in southeastern Pennsylvania and is committed to employing Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) on the sites., Of these 12,000-acres, more than 3,700 acres are actively managed for conservation in the Standard Integrated Vegetation Management project. These sites are designed to promote the development of native, early successional vegetation communities that are compatible with electric transmission corridors, and to discourage the introduction or spread of exotic invasive species on the ROWs. PECO has received 14 National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and 7 Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) Conservation Certifications for our stewardship projects to date which covers more than one-third of our managed lands.
Wetlands are a vital part of a healthy natural ecosystem and serve the following functions: filters and cleanses surface water, reduces the effects of flooding by storing storm water and returning it to the water table, and serves as feeding and mating grounds for our valuable wildlife. At PECO it's our mission to protect and preserve these natural resources.
At PECO we are dedicated to protecting and preserving natural habitats throughout our service territory. In recent years, several species on federal, state, and local endangered lists have made their homes at PECO sites. We take our responsibility to protect endangered species seriously, and work with local government and civic groups to accommodate their needs while on our sites. Through partnerships with the state and other agencies PECO will continue to provide reliable electric service while preserving Pennsylvania’s natural habitats.
The EMS is an integral part of the Exelon Management Model, the framework for the way we do business.
Our EMS received ISO 14001 Certification in November 2008. ISO 14001 Certification is the globally recognized “gold” standard for promoting effective, systematic management of environmental risks and opportunities. ISO 14001 contributes to our goal of implementing an EMS and strengthens our position as an industry environmental leader.
Our EMS is a continual cycle of planning, implementing, reviewing and improving the processes and actions that we undertake to meet our business and environmental goals. Built on the "Plan, Do, Check, Act" model, our EMS enables PECO to take the following actions:
PECO Corporate Registration
PECO GSC & PO Registration
Through ongoing support of our EMS program and execution of our environmental policy, our stakeholders can expect to see continued improvement in Exelon’s environmental performance.