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Measuring impact is no easy feat, but we have to do it. Why? So we can see the positive (or negative) impact that companies have on the world.

The current methods of measurement are often built on what companies tell us through their Corporate Social Responsibility reports or promises they make about their practices.

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"In 2019, Williams released 41,403t of air pollutants, including 2,408t of hazardous pollutants.”

Written by
: Sunny Dutt Sharma

Company: Williams
SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being

Feedback from the reviewing team:

"An enlightening piece that addresses one of the core impacts of an energy business like Williams. Well-researched facts and figures allow us to see the full picture and make a clear assessment of the impact."

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"In 2019, Williams released 41,403t of air pollutants, including 2,408t of hazardous pollutants.”

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), each year, air pollution kills approx. 7 Mn people globally1. The reports reveal that 9 out of 10 individuals inhale toxic air that is above the limit of WHO’s standards1. Air pollution leads to rising global temperature and affects health severely2.

In the US, the 2019 emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxide (NOx), and carbon dioxide (CO2) from power plants perched at 879,969 tonnes, 798,322 tonnes, and 1,614,788 tonnes, respectively3. Inhaling SO2and NOx for 24 hours or even less could result in severe respirational effects such as bronchoconstriction, airway inflammation, emergency department visits, asthma symptoms, and hospital admissions6.

Williams is among the 30 topmost energy providers in the United States with a market capitalization of $25.5 Bn4.

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Williams Impact on Air Pollution

In 2019, Williams was responsible for about 41,403 tonnes of air pollutants, including 2,408 tonnes of hazardous pollutants5;p26. NOx remained the highest among the air pollutants with 29,207 tonnes in 20195;p26. The company was also served 18 environmental-based non-compliance notices in 20195;p67.

The company’s overall NOx emissions were equal to 3.65% of the US power plants' total NOx emissions in 20193,5;p26.

Williams aims to minimize its air emissions by 10% by 2020 against 2019 baseline5;p26. The company implemented certain measures across its operations, like complying with regional and local guidelines, and taking part in industrial reasearch5;p12. Williams also performs routine checkups on its equipment for optimum fuel efficiency and performance5;p26.

Being an energy company, Williams must recognize its environmental impact and should implement stringent actions across its operations for the optimal reduction in its overall air emissions. The company’s goal to reduce 10% of pollutants by 2020 is not sufficient as even if the company achieves this goal, its environmental impact would still be huge.


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