Hawaiʻi Gas is a leadership member of the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition). This group serves as the public policy advocate and education platform for the Renewable Natural Gas industry in North America. The RNG Coalition advocates for sustainable development, deployment and utilization of renewable natural gas so that present and future generations will have access to domestic, renewable, clean fuel and energy.
Hawaii Gas is the only company from Hawaii participating in the United Nations Global Compact Initiative, a voluntary leadership platform created for the adoption of sustainable and socially responsible business practices. Launched in 2000, the UN Global Compact is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world with a network of over 9,5000 companies and 3,000 non-business participants committed to building a sustainable future.
The Aloha+ Challenge focuses on sustainability and climate goals using a locally driven framework to implement the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. It aims to develop community-based 2030 goals and measurable targets across six priority areas: clean energy transformation; local agriculture; natural resource management; solid waste reduction; green workforce and education; and smart sustainable communities.
Sustainability Business Forum (SBF) is a public-private partnership committed to advancing economic, social and environmental goals, and aims to connect generations of indigenous knowledge and systems-thinking with modern science, technology, and policy to support scalable solutions that can be applied globally. Hawaiʻi Gas is proud to be a participating member and supporter of the following SBF initiatives:
The Nature Conservancy Carbon Offset Initiative: Hawaiʻi Gas is partnering with The Nature Conservancy to help bring a carbon offset pilot to market. SBF members jointly invested in an 8,000-acre forest carbon project located at The Nature Conservancy’s Kona Hema Preserve on Hawaiʻi Island. Preliminary estimates are that the project could generate up to 100,000 carbon emission offset credits in the first six years that could be available for potential Hawaiʻi buyers. One credit offsets one metric ton of carbon emissions.
Green Your Business Initiative: Hawaiʻi Gas is part of Hawaiʻi Green Growthʻs Green Your Business initiative where SBF members enrolled in Hawaiʻi Energy’s Continuous Energy Improvement (CEI) Program help improve and measure energy efficiency through facility upgrades, employee education, and operational and behavioral changes in industrial facilities and offices. The energy use and efficiency savings of enrolled buildings are tracked under the Clean Energy Goal as the “Business Sector Energy Efficiency” target.
GRESB’s mission is to assess and benchmark the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and other related performance of real assets, providing standardized and validated data to the capital markets. GRESB Assessments are guided by what investors and the industry consider to be material issues in the sustainability performance of real asset investments, and are aligned with international reporting frameworks, such as GRI, PRI, SASB, DJSI, TCFD recommendations, the Paris Climate Agreement, UN SDGs, region and country specific disclosure guidelines and regulations. Hawaiʻi Gas is a GRESB participant and submits its ESG reporting through GRESB framework.
Hawaiʻi Gas served on the Technical Working Group for the City and County of Honolulu’s first Climate Action Plan (CAP) which is a community-specific strategy being developed to combat climate change and eliminate fossil fuel emissions—the root cause of global warming. The CAP outlines 9 overarching strategies with 46 corresponding climate actions the City can immediately pursue to reduce O‘ahu’s greenhouse gas pollution from ground transportation, electricity, and waste sectors over the next five years. Hawaiʻi Gas is also participating in Climate Ready Oʻahu, a climate adaptation strategy that will assess climate change hazards and their impacts to City services and assets critical to neighborhoods island wide.