Throughout its history, Hawaii Gas has continued to evolve its business to meet the ever changing energy needs of the local community. Today is no different. HG continually strives to make its products cleaner, more affordable, and more efficient. We are committed to helping the state achieve its clean energy and sustainability goals, which is why we have been taking action.
In 2017, Hawaii Gas joined forces with the governor, the state’s four county mayors, Office of Hawaiian Affairs and community stakeholders in committing to what’s known as the ALOHA+ CHALLENGE.
The Aloha+ Challenge is an initiative designed to achieve targets in six areas to increase sustainability in the state by the year 2030. These areas are:
70% clean energy usage, with 40% from renewables, and 30% due to increased efficiency
At least doubling local food production
Taking steps to increase freshwater supplies, watershed protection, management of marine resources, invasive species control and the restoration of native species
Reducing the amount of solid waste through source reduction, recycling, and bioconversion
Furthering green living and energy resilience in new housing developments
Increasing the number and types of green jobs, and implementing educational practices to support this workforce
The Aloha+ Challenge is being guided and implemented by Hawaii Green Growth (HGG), a consortium of more than 60 representatives from government agencies, non-governmental organizations, cultural groups, businesses, and academia. HGG leaders are charged with supporting the initiative by identifying action priorities and policies that will advance its goals, as well as seeking out funding mechanisms for its activities.
Hawaii Gas has already taken major steps to do its part for the initiative. In December 2018, it brought online the state’s first renewable natural gas production facility at the Honouliuli Wastewater Treatment Plant on Oahu, in partnership with the City and County of Honolulu. Hawaii Gas is transforming the waste water treatment plant’s waste material (sewage) into a usable renewable natural gas (RNG), which it blends with gas in its pipeline, so residents and businesses can use it for every day purposes, such as cooking and heating hot water.
In addition, Hawaii Gas is in the process of improving the energy efficiency of its office buildings with the help of Hawaii Energy. Simple steps like changing lighting at its offices across the state help to make its facilities more energy efficient. This effort is in addition to the use of almost 900 solar panels at five office locations statewide. These and other actions are just the beginning, as Hawaii Gas moves boldly into a sustainable future for itself and the one envisioned for the state, one that promises a cleaner, more vibrant environment for generations to come.