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CNX Delivers on Industry Leadership through Innovative Sustainability Approach

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By Positive Energy Hub Staff


In its 13th annual Corporate Sustainability Report, “Radical Transparency,” CNX continues to set industry leading standards for accountability, transparency, and environmental stewardship.

Rooted in a rich 160-year legacy of innovation, CNX's unique operational approach prioritizes tangible, impactful, and local solutions across the energy value chain.

“This document tells the story of our ongoing strategic journey—a journey that has clearly positioned CNX as a differentiated energy solutions company poised once again to lead an energy renaissance from right here in the heart of Appalachia,” explained CNX Chief Risk Officer Hayley Scott.

CNX's strategic journey positions the company as the foremost leader in energy solutions, energy advocacy, and industry leadership. Underscoring this commitment, CNX collaborated with the state of Pennsylvania to spearhead a first-of-it-kind environmental monitoring and data collection initiative. This groundbreaking partnership with Governor Shapiro’s administration and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection ensures transparent, real-time public access to data about CNX’s operations—fostering trust and understanding across all stakeholders.

“Through our commitment to Radical Transparency, we aim to lead the industry into a new era of responsible domestic energy development—one where facts and data prevail over speculation and ideology,” Scott underscored. “Through these efforts, we are proving every day that natural gas development is safe and inherently good for the communities where we are privileged to live and operate.”

In addition to this collaboration, CNX made significant strides in producing natural gas more efficiently and responsibly.

  • Achieved a 30% year-over-year decline in operational methane intensity
  • Reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 171,000 tons since 2020—which is equivalent to eliminating more than 40,000 cars from the road for one year
  • Expanding regional monitoring and mitigation efforts to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the industry through the Appalachian Methane Initiative

CNX is also taking its unique sustainability approach directly to local communities and tackling Appalachia’s toughest community and workforce challenges in the process, including investing $5.6 million in 2023 to address urgent community needs. In 2023, student participation in the CNX Mentorship Academy increased 35% to 85 students enrolled, representing 21 schools across five southwestern Pennsylvania counties. This program provides urban and rural youth from historically marginalized Appalachian communities with greater opportunities, providing a bridge to family-sustaining careers without the need for a college degree.

Lastly, CNX re-imagined its headquarters building to further accommodate an additional 18 local tenants—creating a collaboration hub fostering growth for minority and women-owned small businesses and fledgling community organizations dedicated to serving the needs of the Appalachian region.

For nearly two centuries, CNX’s dedication to its Appalachia First philosophy has represented a genuine commitment to responsible business practices that benefit all stakeholders, including employees, operating communities, and investors. By prioritizing transparency, innovation, and community engagement and investment, CNX is not only ​ leading the industry in sustainable energy development, but will continue setting the standard for authentic corporate responsibility for the next generation.

To read more about CNX's sustainability initiatives and commitment to the Appalachian region, please access the full Corporate Sustainability Report: https://sustainability.cnx.com/.


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