DTE Gas net zero commitment - Powering toward a net zero carbon future
Today DTE Gas announced an innovative new plan to build an even cleaner energy future for Michiganders, all while providing safe, reliable and affordable energy.
With our customers and suppliers, we’ll reduce greenhouse gas emissions from residential and small business customers by 6 million metric tons annually – the equivalent of removing 1.3 million cars from the road by 2050.
“Climate change is one of the defining public policy issues of our time and it demands a bold response,” said Jerry Norcia, president and CEO of DTE Energy. “The level of impact urgently needed can only be achieved by viewing the challenge through a holistic lens, bringing our suppliers and our customers on the journey with us. This is the right plan for our environment, for our customers and for our communities.”
Internally, we’ll reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 through operational improvements, utilizing advanced technologies and investments in renewable natural gas and carbon offsets.
Our gas suppliers will be required to supply DTE Gas with net zero emissions based natural gas product by 2050. In addition, our gas customers can contribute to a cleaner energy future by participating voluntary programs that will allow them to reduce up to 100% of their usage emissions through energy efficiency, renewable natural gas and carbon offsets.
This innovative plan delivers a ten-fold reduction in emissions compared to other gas utilities, which focused primarily on their own internal emissions. Our plan significantly expands DTE Gas’s 2018 commitment to reduce methane emissions by 80%.
“I’m pleased to see that DTE is committing to a plan that includes suppliers and customers in their net zero commitment,” said Michigan House of Representatives Democratic Leader Christine Greig. “DTE’s plan reflects the proactive thinking that is necessary to combat climate change and ensure a sustainable future for our state.”
The Michigan chapter of the global environmental nonprofit, The Nature Conservancy, is similarly supportive of the plan.
“We applaud DTE’s commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions in their gas operations, for it is an important step toward reducing Michigan’s carbon footprint,” said Helen Taylor, Michigan director of The Nature Conservancy. “We know that nature can provide powerful solutions and we look forward to working with DTE to identify and implement as many of those solutions as possible.”