2018 Sustainability Annual Plan & Energy Action Plan

February 28, 2018

Today SEPTA advances its industry-leading Sustainability Program with the release of the SEP-TAINABLE Annual Report and the Energy Action Plan for 2018.

The 2018 Annual Report details sustainability achievements from the past year, including:

  • Beginning the delivery of 525 hybrid electric buses along with the first of 25 battery-electric buses to serve the Routes 29 and 79 in South Philadelphia. Upon delivery, SEPTA will have the largest fleet of electric buses on the East Coast of the United States.
  • Selection of a developer to install more than 3 megawatts of roof-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, among the largest solar projects ever awarded in the City of Philadelphia.
  • Signing on as a founding member of the "2030 District" with the goal of achieving 50 percent water, energy and emissions reductions by 2030 at SEPTA's headquarters building, 1234 Market Street. The "2030 District" is an initiative of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVRPC).

With the Annual Report, SEPTA is also releasing a second-generation Energy Action Plan that reinforces SEPTA's commitment to reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions. The Energy Action Plan is one of several initiatives of the sustainability program.

Progress towards plan implementation began last month with the release of an expression of interest (EOI) for a multi-megawatt offsite renewable energy power purchase agreement (PPA) and the selection of Constellation New Energy, Inc., an energy service company (ESCO), to complete a self-funded retrofit of SEPTA's 1234 Market Street headquarters building.

Combined, these documents and initiatives reflect a proactive response to months of public and stakeholder feedback, and reinforce SEPTA's enduring commitment to environmental, social and economic sustainability for the region.