Introduction

About This Report

Duke Energy’s 2011 Annual Report and this 2011|2012 Sustainability Report again share a common theme. “Well positioned” is an apt description of our company in 2012, as we start to see real results from the plans we’ve put in place to prepare for the future.

This report describes our progress in bringing advanced energy technologies to market, reducing our environmental footprint, strengthening our position as a best-in-class employer, contributing to the vitality of our communities and growing our business in a responsible way.

Key features of this year’s report include:

  • CEO Jim Rogers’ letter, which explains how the company is well-positioned for the future
  • A two-page overview of progress toward our goals (Sustainability Plan and Progress at a Glance)
  • Specifics on the company’s performance in our five sustainability focus areas
  • Duke Energy employees’ own accounts of their roles in our sustainability efforts.

Again this year, we offer print and Web versions of our Sustainability Report. Throughout this online report, mouse-over definitions are denoted by bold, dark blue text.

In addition, we provide a summary index to the Global Reporting Initiative indicators in the printed report and a more detailed index on our website.

Duke Energy International’s Sustainability Report, which covers our Latin American operations in detail, is available at duke-energy.com.

As always, we welcome your feedback on this report, our sustainability progress and related issues. Email sustainability@duke-energy.com.