Achieving Net-Zero Carbon Emissions
Duke Energy is committed to a goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050—and accelerating our near-term goal of cutting our CO2 emissions in half by 2030. To achieve these goals, we’re committed to investing in clean energy sources and transitioning our generation fleet toward lower or zero-carbon energy sources.
- Solar is a key component in delivering a clean, diverse energy mix for customers. That’s why Duke Energy is a national leader in the deployment of solar power. Our continued investment in solar and other renewables is critical to retiring coal plants early.
- Nuclear energy is the foundation for enabling us to achieve net-zero carbon emissions. And with nearly 50% of all power generation in the Carolinas coming from our nuclear power plants, they have been—and will continue to be—crucial in reducing carbon emissions.
- With less than half the emissions of coal, natural gas enables us to bring more renewable energy sources into the electricity system while driving down carbon emissions and meeting growing demand.
- Additionally, we are working to close coal plants in coming years, and Duke Energy recently reached a landmark agreement with North Carolina regulators and community groups to permanently close all remaining coal ash basins across the state.
Clean Energy Technology and Initiatives
A smarter energy future for North Carolina requires advanced clean energy technology, so we’re adapting our ongoing operations by investing in things like battery storage, electric vehicle infrastructure and microgrids.
Duke Energy is also working to help protect our environment and increase our use of clean energy technologies through close collaboration with a wide variety of non-profits, communities and individuals. A few examples include:
- Helping customers better manage their energy use and save money through our continuously improved energy efficiency programs
- Supporting the non-profit NC GreenPower with renewable energy and carbon offset projects
- Equipping local leaders with information and tools to help them reach their city’s or town’s sustainability goals
- Sponsoring environmental protection programs, like the Island Habitat Program in partnership with North Carolina Wildlife Federation (NCWF)
When it comes to reducing carbon emissions and protecting the environment, Duke Energy is dedicated to investing in the programs, infrastructure and technologies needed to make North Carolina a leader in clean energy.