Texan by Nature graded Texas businesses on a fourteen-point matrix, ranking efforts like use of green energy and confirmed spending on conservation efforts. The resulting scores narrowed the list to 50. A cross-industry Selection Committee of executive leaders came together to rate and rank the final 50 in order to name the inaugural Texan by Nature 20.

Texas knows how to harness energy, providing more than one-fifth of U.S. domestically produced energy. In 2017, Texas accounted for 37% of the nation’s crude oil production, 24% of its marketed natural gas production, and one-fourth of all U.S. wind powered electricity. Energy leaders are actively developing innovative technologies that protect and preserve natural resources. From recycling and conserving water to renewable energy usage, the energy industry is working to reduce impact while powering the world.

NRG Energy, a leading power generator and retailer, set a goal in 2015 to reduce its absolute emissions 50 percent by 2030 and 90 percent by 2050—targets more ambitious than those set in both the U.S. Clean Power Plan and Paris Climate Agreement. This big reach earned NRG the first ever power company endorsement by the Science Based Targets Initiative.

Today, NRG has already achieved a 37 percent reduction in emissions compared to its 2014 footprint, and its sales of carbon-free power have helped customers avoid some 74 million metric tons of CO2. This year, NRG updated its emission reduction goals to match prevailing climate science and is now aiming for a 50 percent reduction by 2025. The long-term goal? Achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

“Addressing climate change is a priority for our company as it presents one of the greatest challenges and opportunities of our time,” said Mauricio Gutierrez, President and CEO, NRG Energy. “By realigning our carbon reduction efforts to the new climate imperative, we create value for all stakeholders and lead our sector towards achieving a sustainable future.”

An integrated power company dual-headquartered in Houston and Princeton, NJ, NRG serves 3.7 million customers with energy generated from diverse sources.

“Tackling the impacts of climate change and the decarbonization of our economy is transcending policy mandates as businesses and individuals are taking decisive action to control their own carbon footprints,” Mauricio Gutierrez, President and CEO, NRG Energy. “As we continue to decarbonize the supply side of our business through fleet optimization and the adoption of existing and forward leaning technologies, we’ll serve our customers with innovative solutions that simplify their transition to cleaner energy.”

Click here to see the full TxN 20 list, representing large companies and small across sectors as diverse as the state itself: transportation, construction, healthcare, agriculture, and more.