SoCalGas Receives Net Zero Strategy of the Year Award at Verdantix 2024 Climate Innovation Awards in Washington D.C.

SoCalGas Receives Net Zero Strategy of the Year Award at Verdantix 2024 Climate Innovation Awards in Washington D.C.

The award recognizes exceptional commitment in both developing and implementing comprehensive net-zero strategies that foster innovation and leadership to help build a sustainable future.

LOS ANGELES - Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) announced that it has been awarded the “Net Zero Strategy of the Year” at the Verdantix 2024 Climate Innovation Awards, which recognize and honor exceptional achievements in various areas of sustainability and climate action. The London-based market research firm selected SoCalGas for its ASPIRE 2045 sustainability strategy which builds upon the utility’s aim to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in its operations and delivery of energy.

ASPIRE 2045 has enabled the company to accomplish several milestones, including surpassing California’s goal of reducing fugitive methane emissions by 20% by 2025 and nearing the 2030 goal of 40%. SoCalGas has also converted more than one-third of its over-the-road fleet vehicles to alternative fuel vehicles, with an aim of achieving 50% alternative fuel vehicles by 2025, and a 100% zero emissions vehicle fleet by 2035. The utility continues to make advancements in decarbonizing the fuel it transports, delivering approximately 5% renewable natural gas to its core customers in 2023, with a goal of 20% by 2030.

“SoCalGas’ ASPIRE 2045 sustainability strategy has helped demonstrate the important role leveraging gas infrastructure can play in helping California reach its clean energy, clean air, and climate goals more quickly, more affordably, and more equitably,” said Jawaad Malik, Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer at SoCalGas. “By helping to scale sustainable solutions, utilities like SoCalGas can also help spur innovation that drives job creation, stimulates economic growth, and contributes to the social and environmental prosperity of the communities we serve.”

The ASPIRE 2045 sustainability strategy focuses on a holistic set of sustainable business priorities that include accelerating the transition to clean energy, protecting the climate, and improving air quality, increasing clean energy access and affordability, advancing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture, all while continuing to achieve world-class safety.

“Corporate responsibility has never been more critical and companies like SoCalGas underscore the importance of leadership in driving sustainable business success,” said Ryan Skinner, Head Judge of the Verdantix Climate Innovation Awards and Research Director, Net Zero and Climate Risk at Verdantix. “SoCalGas’ proactive efforts towards net-zero greenhouse gas emissions highlight the path businesses can take to help navigate future challenges, unlock new opportunities, and thrive in a carbon-neutral economy.”

SoCalGas was nominated for the award by Wolters Kluwer, a global leader in professional information, software solutions, and services. Wolters Kluwer’s data management system, Enablon, helps the utility streamline the tracking and reporting process of key performance indicators tied to the utility’s sustainability initiatives. The technology supports SoCalGas’ work to promote awareness, ownership, and accountability across departments and help to connect day-to-day activities to the utility’s larger sustainability goals.

“Leveraging innovative technology to monitor, report, analyze, and communicate progress on net-zero emissions and sustainability goals is becoming a critical imperative for businesses operating against an evolving ESG landscape,” said Laurent Dechaux, Senior Vice President and Managing Director at Wolters Kluwer Enablon. “We are delighted to work with SoCalGas to support the business in showcasing the practices utility companies can take to help secure a resilient and sustainable future.”

SoCalGas is a leader in sustainability and was among the first and largest natural gas distribution utilities to announce its aim to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. SoCalGas was also recently honored with the top "Business Transformation Award from Reuters Events" from Reuters Events for establishing transformative sustainability priorities that have the potential to create impact at scale in their sector and beyond. One such transformative effort, SoCalGas’ [H2] Innovation Experience, a clean hydrogen microgrid demonstration project, has been named a World-Changing Idea by Fast Company and was also awarded the U.S. Green Building Council of L.A.’s Sustainable Innovation Award.

Learn more about SoCalGas’s sustainability efforts at

About SoCalGas

Headquartered in Los Angeles, SoCalGas is the largest gas distribution utility in the United States. SoCalGas aims to deliver affordable, reliable, and increasingly renewable gas service to approximately 21 million consumers across approximately 24,000 square miles of Central and Southern California. We believe gas delivered through our pipelines plays a key role in California's clean energy transition by supporting energy system reliability and resiliency and enabling integration of renewable resources. 

SoCalGas' mission is to build the cleanest, safest, and most innovative energy infrastructure company in America. In support of that mission, SoCalGas aspires to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in its operations and delivery of energy by 2045 and to replace 20 percent of its traditional natural gas supply to core customers with renewable natural gas (RNG) by 2030. RNG can be made from waste created by landfills and wastewater treatment plants. SoCalGas is also investing in its gas delivery infrastructure while working to keep bills affordable for customers. SoCalGas is a subsidiary of Sempra(NYSE: SRE), an energy infrastructure company based in San Diego.

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