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Sustainability

Sustainability for TVA is a commitment to meeting the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same. Sustainability is a critical part of TVA’s mission to make life better for the people of the Tennessee Valley by delivering low-cost, reliable and increasingly clean energy, a healthy environment and a prosperous economy—now and for future generations.

Today, the three Es—energy, environmental stewardship and economic development—continue to drive everything we do to sustain the Tennessee Valley region. Our original mission continues: to “serve the people to make life better” as laid out by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt when he signed the TVA Act in 1933.

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“TVA’s public power model takes into account a broad view of the needs of people, which is the core of a sustainable company. TVA reinvests our revenue back into the Valley’s infrastructure, environment and people. Our unique mission of service drives and inspires us daily to pursue new ideas and innovative solutions.”

Rebecca Tolene, V.P. Environment and TVA Chief Sustainability Officer

What Does Sustainability Mean for TVA?

 

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TVA is a regional leader in carbon reduction. We aspire to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 while supporting broader national efforts to decarbonize the economy. Committed to advancing electrification, we are working with partners to accelerate the electric vehicle market in the region.

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TVA powers the Valley’s clean energy economy. We work hand-in-hand with local power company partners to drive economic success by providing low-cost, highly reliable, increasingly clean energy that attracts innovative industries, jobs and investments to our seven-state region.

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TVA is a steward of the environment. We manage about 11,000 miles of shoreline and 293,000 acres of public lands along the Tennessee River and its tributaries. Our environmental stewardship includes aggressive clean air control programs, sustainable waste management, and proactive protection of the Valley’s rich biodiversity.

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TVA serves people and communities across the Tennessee Valley. TVA delivers vital services across the region to assist families, communities, businesses and industries – and help the Tennessee Valley recover and grow.  We also support our workforce— the heart of TVA— through our culture of diversity with inclusion and our continuing focus on safety and wellbeing.

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TVA is committed to full transparency and engagement with stakeholders. As a government-owned corporation, our mission of service is fundamentally different from that of publicly traded companies. Our governance structure provides the oversight and perspective capable of driving progress.

We carry out our mission through the adoption of policies and programs that support our dedication to sustainability, and the disclosure of performance and planning information that facilitates engagement with our sustainability stakeholders.

Sustainability Disclosures and Guiding Policies

Biodiversity Policy

Protecting biodiversity is integral to continued sustainable development of the Tennessee Valley. This policy commits to proactive biodiversity protection across operations. Read the TVA Biodiversity Policy.

Carbon Report

This document outlines our commitment and path to reduce carbon in the coming years without compromising reliability and low rates. Read the Carbon Report.

Climate Action Adaptation and Resiliency Plan

In accordance with EO 14008, TVA maintains this plan as a cohesive part of major planning processes to ensure we can anticipate and adequately respond to the changing climate. Read the Climate Action Adaptation and Resiliency Plan.

Environmental Policy

This synergistic and forward-thinking policy lays forth TVA's plan for environmental stewardship and compliance, technology innovation and a growing renewable energy portfolio. Read the Environmental Policy.

Federal Sustainability Report and Implementation Plan

TVA issues updates to this plan for efficiency in federal operations in compliance with Executive Order 14008 and the remaining sections of Executive Order 13834. Read the Federal Sustainability Report and Implementation Plan.

Integrated Resource Plan

Building on our fundamental service commitment, the Integrated Resource Plan provides a 20 year roadmap for making decisions about how TVA can meet future demand for power in new and innovative ways. Read the Integrated Resource Plan.

Natural Resource Plan

This plan addresses TVA's management of biological, cultural and water resources; recreational reservoir land planning; and public engagement. The goal, always, is to find the optimal public benefit of each action TVA takes. Read the Natural Resource Plan.