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Protecting our environment
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Caring for the environment is a shared responsibility that we fully embrace as an energy company. We're focused on operating our business in a way that helps protect our planet today and for generations to come.

Honoring our commitment to carbon neutrality

Two years ago, we became one of the first natural gas companies to commit to being carbon neutral by midcentury, leading the way for others to join us in the effort to keep our planet safe. 

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Modernizing infrastructure
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A cornerstone of our environmental sustainability efforts continues to be upgrading aging infrastructure, which reduces methane emissions and leaks across our system. 

2021-Methane Emissions Reduction Chart


43% reduction in methane emissions

From 2005-2020, we reduced methane emissions from our gas utilities by 43% in the communities we serve, and by 2025, we’re targeting a cumulative 57% reduction in emissions.

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68% reduction in leaks

In FY21, leaks per 1,000 system miles decreased by 34% from last year. This marks a 68% reduction in leaks over the last five years, bringing us closer to achieving our environmental goals. 

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Sharing the value of natural gas
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At Spire, we know natural gas is key to a sustainable energy future, and we’re committed to sharing the value of natural gas with others.

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Affordable

By using natural gas for heating, drying and cooking, the average U.S. household saves nearly $900 a year compared to homes using electricity for the same activities.*

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Reliable

Natural gas is one of the safest, most reliable energy sources available. Studies have shown that in severe weather, natural gas utilities maintain service to their customers—including places like hospitals that often depend on backup natural gas generators. 

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Clean

More efficient energy means cleaner energy. 91% of natural gas from the original source makes it directly to your home. In comparison, by the time electricity is generated and transported to you, only 36% of the original energy makes it to your home.*
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Making an impact with rebates

Spire's energy efficiency program, which includes financing and rebates for high-efficiency natural gas equipment, saves customers money while also protecting the planet. Since 2018, the program has reduced nearly 49,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

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Exploring renewable natural gas
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Part of our strategy to become carbon neutral by midcentury includes evaluating renewable natural gas (RNG) opportunities. This includes capturing methane emissions that otherwise would be released into the environment, and then injecting it into our natural gas delivery system to heat homes and fuel businesses.

Implementing our RNG strategy

This past year, we solidified our RNG strategy and are now working with regulators in all jurisdictions on how to integrate RNG into our current rate structure for those customers who want access to this renewable product.

Pursuing RNG opportunities

Based on our RNG strategy, we’re currently evaluating multiple renewable natural gas opportunities, including construction of RNG processing, and offering RNG to Spire Missouri and Spire Marketing customers.

 

Partnering with industry leaders

Spire is now a founding partner of Energy Capital Ventures’ new venture capital fund focused on driving natural gas innovation in clean energy solutions like renewable natural gas and hydrogen.

Measuring our impact

In FY21, we appointed our first Head of Environmental Commitment. This new role is looking at every aspect of our business, collecting data to assess our overall carbon footprint and creating a plan to meet our goal of being a carbon neutral company by midcentury.

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Head of Environmental Commitment

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Eliminating water waste

We closely adhere to the Clean Water Act’s guidelines, and we use limited water for hydrostatic testing and pipeline construction. We also repurpose water and use leading storm water management techniques as well as conduct regular audits at construction sites.

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Designing green buildings

Across our footprint, we’re using LEED standards when building or renovating Spire facilities to reduce our carbon footprint. Today, we have LEED-certified office buildings in Missouri and Alabama, including our primary business office in St. Louis, which includes energy-saving features like self-adjusting LED lighting.

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Driving clean vehicles

To minimize our impact on the environment, 6.5% of our fleet currently runs on compressed natural gas (CNG). We also operate 14 CNG fueling stations across Alabama and Missouri.

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Studying hydrogen
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Currently, we’re in the process of studying hydrogen and its uses, including the availability of surplus renewable energy, the required investment and commodity cost, and the achievable environmental benefits of blending hydrogen into our natural gas supply.

Leading at a national level

With a firm belief that natural gas is a key part of a sustainable energy future, our leaders are stepping up to move our industry forward.

Spire's executive vice president and chief operating officer, Steve Lindsey, now chairs the Southern Gas Association, and Spire's president and CEO, Suzanne Sitherwood, announced she will chair the American Gas Association in 2023.

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Reporting the results

Every May, we share the results of our impact in environmental sustainability and other ESG initiatives in our annual Corporate Social Responsibility report. See how we did in FY20, and look for updates on SpireEnergy.com this spring.

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Driving future growth