American Water

Sustainability Report and Carbon Intensity Rankings

Is American Water doing their part?

Their DitchCarbon score is 46

American Water has a DitchCarbon Score of 46 out of 100, indicating a moderate level of sustainability in their operations. This score reflects the company’s carbon intensity, suggesting there is significant room for improvement in reducing emissions. A higher score would demonstrate a stronger commitment to lowering carbon intensity and enhancing sustainability efforts.

This was calculated based on 30+ company specific emissions data points, the higher the score, the better. Check out our methodology.

Industry emissions intensity

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American Water is part of the energy generation and distribution industry, which has a carbon intensity ranking of low. Some industries are more damaging than others, this ranking gives you an indication of how carbon intensive the industry is which this company operates in.

Location emissions intensity

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American Water operates in the United States, which has a low carbon intensity rating, indicating a cleaner energy mix. This favorable environmental context supports the company’s sustainability efforts by reducing its carbon footprint.
15.56%

...this company is doing 15.56% better in emissions than the industry average.

Founded in 1886 and headquartered in Voorhees, New Jersey, American Water is a leader in the energy generation and distribution industry. As the largest investor-owned water utility in New Jersey, its subsidiary, New Jersey American Water, serves about 2.5 million people with water and wastewater services. The company operates across more than 30 states and parts of Canada, employing around 6,000 professionals dedicated to providing essential water services to approximately 14 million people.

Good news, American Water has embraced SBTi commitments

American Water has set science-based targets to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their operations, aligning with the necessary reductions to limit global warming. These commitments encompass direct emissions and indirect emissions from purchased energy.

There’s always room for improvement,

DitchCarbon recommends...

American Water should enhance their environmental stewardship by shifting all purchased energy to renewable sources, which could potentially reduce their emissions by 25%.
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