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ESG Goals

Our Approach

We believe setting goals and publicly tracking our progress is a critical part of demonstrating transparency and accountability on ESG matters. The following companywide goals are designed to prepare us to meet our customers’ future energy needs and move us closer to our vision for a more resilient, innovative, diverse and sustainable FirstEnergy. The pillars of our mission are foundational to our company and essential to executing our forward-looking strategy. As such, they will guide our efforts to achieve these goals and enhance key areas of our business.

Our ESG goals also align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), which provide a framework for companies and organizations to support global sustainability. Currently, our goals map to 11 of the 17 UN SDGs. We will continue to evaluate where our business and expertise can contribute to the UN’s sustainability mission and assess any potential future goals in support of additional SDGs accordingly. 

As part of our commitment to strong governance efforts, including increased transparency and accountability, we will provide updates on our progress toward these goals on this website annually and in our Investor Relations Factbook as they are available. 

It is important to note that FirstEnergy has additional internal metrics and goals, including the key performance indicators (KPIs) that make up our short-term employee incentive program. These KPIs provide shorter-term targets to measure performance and improvement in areas that are high priorities for the company and critical to our continued success. Among others, those areas include customer reliability, customer service, environmental protections, safety and diversity and inclusion. Our company’s incentive-based KPIs strongly support our progress toward the ESG goals we’ve set below and our overall commitment to strong ESG performance. For additional information about our KPIs, please visit our 2021 Proxy Statement.

Electrification
Reach 30% electrification of our light-duty and aerial truck fleet
Performance Update
100% of new vehicle purchases for our light-duty and aerial truck fleet are now electric or hybrid moving forward
Target Date
2030
UN SDGs
SDG 7SDG 13
Renewable Energy
Own at least 50 MW of solar generation in West Virginia
Performance Update
In progress
Target Date
2025
UN SDGs
SDG 9SDG 11SDG 13
Emerging Technologies
Convert 100% of streetlights owned by our operating companies to smart LEDs
Performance Update
In progress
Target Date
2030
UN SDGs
SDG 7SDG 9SDG 11
Innovation
Deploy at least six bots and four analytical models that deliver streamlined business solutions
Performance Update
In progress
Target Date
2022
UN SDGs
SDG 8SDG 9

Diverse Workforce
30% aspirational increase in the number of racially and ethnically diverse employees and leaders
Performance Update
In progress
Target Date
2025
UN SDGs
SDG 5SDG 10
D&I Perception
Year-over-year improvement in our annual D&I Employee Survey's inclusion index, which measures perceptions of our efforts to create a diverse and inclusive environment
Performance Update
Demonstrated a six-point improvement in the annual D&I Employee Survey's inclusion index in 2020
Target Date
2022
UN SDGs
SDG 4SDG 5SDG 10
Exposure Recognition & Reduction
Reduce employees’ exposure to potentially life-changing events in the workplace
Performance Update
In progress
Target Date
Continuous
UN SDGs
SDG 3SDG 8
Workplace of the Future
100% remote capability for employees to access their work on any device at any time
Performance Update
In progress
Target Date
Continuous
UN SDGs
SDG 8

Grid Modernization
Install smart meters for two-thirds of our total customers
Performance Update
2.4M smart meters have been installed, the equivalent of 40% of our total customers
Target Date
2025
UN SDGs
SDG 7SDG 9SDG 11
Energy Efficiency
Help customers achieve electricity savings in excess of 7.5M MWh between 2021 and 2025
Performance Update
In progress
Target Date
2025
UN SDGs
SDG 7SDG 13
Service Reliability
5% reduction in the duration of service interruptions for customers
Performance Update
In progress
Target Date
2025
UN SDGs
SDG 7SDG 9
Transmission Reliability
20% reduction in Transmission Outage Frequency on 100 kV-and-above lines
Performance Update
In progress
Target Date
2025
UN SDGs
SDG 7SDG 9
Supply Chain
Achieve 20% of our supply chain spend with diverse suppliers
Performance Update
Achieved 16% diverse supplier spend
Target Date
2025
UN SDGs
SDG 8SDG 12

Greenhouse Gases
Achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, with an interim goal to reduce our companywide Scope 1 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 30% from our 2019 baseline by 2030
Performance Update
In 2020, achieved a 19% reduction in Scope 1 GHG emissions from 2019 baseline
Target Date
2030, 2050
UN SDGs
SDG 13
Vegetation
Create 225 acres of biodiverse pollinator habitats
Performance Update
Created approximately 54 acres of biodiverse pollinator habitats in 2020
Target Date
2025
UN SDGs
SDG 15
Waste
Recycle or beneficially reuse 50% of our wood poles at the end of their useful lives
Performance Update
In progress
Target Date
2025
UN SDGs
SDG 12
Water
20% reduction in water consumption at our two coal plants
Performance Update
In progress
Target Date
2030
UN SDGs
SDG 6

Economic Development
Create $25B in cumulative economic impact
Performance Update
Attracted 25,000 new jobs (direct, indirect and induced) and created $11.5B in economic impact in 2020
Target Date
2025
UN SDGs
SDG 8SDG 9SDG 11SDG 12
Volunteerism
75% senior leadership participation on nonprofit boards and 25% executive team involvement on diverse or multicultural nonprofit boards
Performance Update
In progress
Target Date
2025
UN SDGs
SDG 5

 
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