Home ESG SoCalGas Settles Greenwashing Case with State AG

SoCalGas Settles Greenwashing Case with State AG

by delta
0 comment

Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) – an energy company in California – settled with the California Attorney General over greenwashing allegations. The company made repeated marketing claims that natural gas is a “renewable” energy source, which the state’s Attorney General alleges is false and misleading. The settlement is the result of a complaint filed earlier this month. The Hill reports that:

“In an investigation conducted by [California Attorney General Rob] Bonta’s office — detailed in the complaint — the Attorney General alleged that SoCalGas had made misleading statements in a wide array of formats, including print, electronic media, informative displays, backdrops and promotional swag. Marketing materials were also displayed and distributed at conferences and community events, conveying slogans such as ‘Natural gas is affordable, clean, and renewable’ and ‘SoCalGas: clean, affordable, renewable,’ per the complaint.”

The AG conceded that some methods of natural gas production may be considered renewable, but the majority of gas extracted and sold by SoCalGas is the result of traditional fossil fuels extraction methods.

Under the proposed settlement, SoCalGas would forfeit $175,000 in fines, with half of those funds being allocated to the California EPA’s environmental justice-focused small grants program. An additional term of the settlement is that SoCalGas not use the term “renewable” in future natural gas marketing. SoCalGas will also be required to issue a corrective statement on their website within 14 days of the settlement’s approval. Companies should take notice that the AG’s actions were based in part on messaging methods including “informative displays, backdrops and promotional swag” – things that could escape internal reviews for potential greenwashing.

The post SoCalGas Settles Greenwashing Case with State AG appeared first on PracticalESG.

You may also like

Leave a Comment


Delta-Compliance.com is a premier news website that provides in-depth coverage of the latest developments in finance, startups, compliance, business, science, and job markets.

Editors' Picks

Latest Posts

This Website is operated by the Company DELTA Data Protection & Compliance, Inc., located in Lewes, DE 19958, Delaware, USA.
All feedback, comments, notices of copyright infringement claims or requests for technical support, and other communications relating to this website should be directed to: info@delta-compliance.com. The imprint also applies to the social media profiles of DELTA Data Protection & Compliance.

Copyright ©️ 2023  Delta Compliance. All Rights Reserved

Are you sure want to unlock this post?
Unlock left : 0
Are you sure want to cancel subscription?
Update Required Flash plugin