Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN) today released its 9th annual Corporate Responsibility report. The report highlights the Company’s approach to Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”), which is integral to its corporate strategy.
“As one of the largest producers of natural gas in the country, Southwestern Energy is well positioned to help address the intertwined challenges of securing both domestic and global energy needs while supporting a lower-carbon future. Today marks the publication of our ninth annual Corporate Responsibility report,” said Bill Way, Southwestern Energy President and Chief Executive Officer.
“Our approach to ESG, which is detailed in the report and informs all of our decisions, is focused on three key areas. First, we are working responsibly to secure the role of natural gas in a lower-carbon future, including through reducing our own emissions. Second, we seek to ensure a safe and inclusive workplace for employees and contractors and positively impact the communities where we work and live. And finally, we seek to create sustainable value through proactive enterprise risk management, accountability, and transparency,” continued Way.
Key report initiatives and highlights are as follows:
- Announced new long-term goal to reduce Scope 1 greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity and absolute emissions 50% by 2035, consistent with a path to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050
- Achieved 26% methane intensity reduction year-over-year companywide compared to 2020
- Eliminated routine flaring of associated natural gas
- Announced commitment to certify all wells as responsibly sourced gas (RSG), which was achieved this quarter, and continuously monitor for potential emissions on all well sites
- Returned more fresh water to the environment than consumed in operations for the sixth year; SWN remains the first and only company in its industry to achieve and sustain fresh water neutral operations
- 100% participation in 16-hour Officer Diversity and Inclusion training programs
- 100% average women’s salaries to average men’s salaries
- 36% of new hires in 2021 were diverse
- Over $642 million paid in taxes and fees over the last five years
- Approximately $2.2 billion in royalties paid to mineral owners since 2017
- Reduced employee and contractor Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) by 40% over the past five years
- 15% of executive and employee annual compensation linked to ESG metrics, including safety, spills and methane intensity
- 44% of board members are diverse (two women, one Native American, one French national)
- Enhanced and expanded transparency of reporting to include alignment with four core pillars of Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)
- Updated Climate Scenario Analysis; projects 97% of assets producible in 2050 under an IEA Net Zero Emissions sustainable development scenario
The report – which aligns with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards requirements and is in accordance with the GRI Standards at the Core level and is also guided by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board’s (SASB) standards for Oil and Gas Exploration and Production, the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and several other reporting frameworks and scorecards relevant for the industry – is available at www.swncrreport.com.
About Southwestern Energy
Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN) is a leading U.S. producer and marketer of natural gas and natural gas liquids focused on responsibly developing large-scale energy assets in the nation’s most prolific shale gas basins. SWN’s returns-driven strategy strives to create sustainable value for its stakeholders by leveraging its scale, financial strength and operational execution. For additional information, please visit www.swn.com and www.swncrreport.com.
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