Energy can connect people, business and future generations to possibility and opportunity. Throughout 2021, we were driven to realize this potential as we continued to build the future of energy for the advancement of our customers and communities.
We’ve set a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goal of net zero emissions by 2050. At the same time, we’ve reaffirmed our intermediate goal of a 50% reduction of GHG emission from 2007 levels by 2030. We now expect to consistently achieve GHG reductions of greater than 50% by 2025, a full five years earlier than our goal. These are enterprise-wide goals across all electric and gas operations.
Southern Company has positioned itself as a leader in the fight for racial justice and equity. Our “Moving to Equity” initiative has impacted every operating company within the Southern Company system, our business operations and the communities we serve.
Southern Company is focusing our equity efforts in five areas: talent, workplace environment, community, political engagement and supplier diversity. We made real progress across all five of these pillars in 2021.
As part of a $50 million multi-year initiative, Southern Company and Apple joined educators and community stakeholders in January 2021 announcing The Propel Center, a digital learning hub, business incubator and global innovation headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, for students of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
Southern Company Foundation issues $10 million in grants to foster HBCU talent through innovative collaboration between INROADS, UNCF and Thurgood Marshall College Fund
The Southern Company Foundation has pledged a transformative grant to Emory University to establish the Emory University School of Law Center for Civil Rights and Social Justice and support other student success and access initiatives through Emory College and Winship Cancer Center.
The World Golf Hall of Fame announced the creation of the Charlie Sifford Award presented by Southern Company, which will honor recipients for their spirit in advancing diversity in golf.
Southern Company has long been at the forefront of innovation as we continue to uphold our commitment to building the future of energy for our customers and communities. Once complete, Vogtle units 1-4 will produce enough safe, reliable, affordable electricity to power 1 million Georgia homes and businesses and will lead to 800 permanent new jobs upon completion.
From innovating our industry to making strides in sustainable energy, we’re recognized as a leader by customers, partners, investors, employees and the broader business, science and technology communities. Here are some of our awards and distinctions that highlight our 2021 success:
The future needs of our customers demand a company capable of offering various energy solutions. Throughout 2021, we continued to expand our innovative product offerings to provide energy across the entire portfolio of energy sources.
Southern Company and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have established a cooperative agreement to design, construct and operate the Molten Chloride Reactor Experiment – the world's first critical fast-spectrum salt reactor.
Through Fund II, Southern Company will continue working with EIP to identify cutting-edge technologies that advance the zero-carbon economy and address our global decarbonization goals.
Our mission to provide clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy is about more than our bottom line. Throughout 2021, we were committed to supporting and improving our communities and environment at the local level and beyond, while conducting business with honesty, integrity and fairness. In 2021, we supported more than 1,000 unique community organizations doing work across our system’s footprint.
Through our PGA TOUR partnership, more than $40 million has been donated to fund education, health and wellness programs, and neighborhood revitalization. Building better communities is our shared goal and why we are proud to be the Official Energy Company of the PGA TOUR and Proud Partner of TOUR Championship.
Southern Company has been an integral part in this ongoing success story, working with the Grove Park Foundation, residents, community leaders and local partners to reestablish a healthy, equitable and vibrant community.
Grove Park Foundation - Revitalizing Grove Park
Purpose Built Schools Atlanta Transform Futures and Communities
Southern Company has been a key partner in fulfilling Purpose Built School's Mission to support their students as people, not just as test score.
For more than 25 years, the East Lake Foundation has pulled together residents and public and private partners to transform a community and Southern Company has been an integral part of this ongoing success story.
A Partnership with Purpose