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.
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 2016, our cumulative emissions were more than 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 last year. This will greatly reduce the company’s total
mercury emissions. Learn more on our Clean
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. For a history of projects funded through the EIF,
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 - Recycling is another
strategy we use to reduce our footprint. Entergy reduces waste by
repurposing 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 2016, these sales totaled approximately $9.8 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 2016 recycle rate of nearly 60 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
2016 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, 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.