Mid-century net-zero targets are abundant these days. But there are a few industries where this type of goal would seemingly be contrary to what is thought to be their core business. On March 23, 2021, SoCalGas became the largest gas distribution utility in the nation as they set a net-zero target across its operations and delivery of energy by 2045. Michelle Sim, Director of Sustainability, will discuss sustainability and their climate commitment to 2045; what it means to them, what it means to their 22 million customers, and what it means to the 500+ communities they serve.
Michelle Sim is the Director of Sustainability, responsible for development and implementation of SoCalGas’ sustainability strategy and vision. Since joining the Sempra utilities in 2013, she has served in various energy, strategic growth initiatives, environmental policy development roles in clean transportation, residential, commercial, and industrial sectors, hydrogen, and carbon capture initiatives. Prior to joining SoCalGas, Michelle worked at a global A&E firm, working primarily on department of defense contracts related to facility and energy management, renewable technologies, and zero net energy strategies.
Michelle received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley. She served a two-year term in 2016 appointed by the then-U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz to the Department of Energy’s Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee. Michelle currently serves on the Board of the California Fuel Cell Partnership and as a Board Member of the Asian American Professionals Association.
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