Our Low Carbon Pathway

We believe NW Natural has an important role to play in helping our region move to a low-carbon, renewable-energy future. It’s why we've developed our Low Carbon Pathway, and it’s why we invite you to join us.

Today, natural gas is the cleanest energy option to reliably meet our region’s biggest energy needs. In fact, NW Natural delivers more energy in Oregon than any other utility,1 yet our customers’ use of natural gas — in homes, businesses and industry — accounts for 8% of Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions.2 

Still, we know that we can do even better. So our mission is to work with all our stakeholders, from producers to policymakers and regulators to customers, on a voluntary carbon savings goal: 30% by 2035.

Oregon Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Source: Oregon DEQ In-Boundary GHG Inventory 2015 Preliminary data.

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What About Washington GHG Emissions?

Our Clark County customers’ natural gas use accounts for half a percent (0.5%) of greenhouse gas emissions in Washington state.3

What Is Our Starting Point?

The baseline for our carbon savings goal is 2015 emissions associated with our customers’ gas use and company operations (4.6 million metric tons of CO2e).

How Do We Get There Affordably?

By using our existing pipeline system in new ways, we can help drive down emissions — and do it cost-effectively. We’ll start with lower cost reduction opportunities while we work with policymakers and regulators to support renewable energy development and technology innovations over time. As a regulated utility, we’ll need to earn the support of customer groups, policymakers and regulators to pursue new low-carbon solutions. We feel confident the Northwest will be a pioneer in driving these innovations forward in smart, affordable ways.