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Southern Co

Southern Co is a publicly listed company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America. In 2020, its revenue was USD 20.4 billion and installed capacity was 43 GW. Southern has recently committed to net-zero emissions by 2050 but is also committed to gas power beyond that date. Southern's transition plan relies on unproven technologies.

Ranking position
#20 /50
Total score
42.4 /100
Performance score
7.8 /20
Narrative Score
Trend Score
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Performance module name Performance module score Rank (0-50)


#1 2.4 /4 #20

Material Investment

#1 2.5 /7 #16

Intangible Investment

#1 0.1 /2 #14


#1 2.3 /4 #23

Policy Engagement

#1 0.0 /1 #50

Business Model

#1 0.5 /2 #34
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Leading practices

No leading practices were identified for this company.

Risks and opportunities


Southern receives a trend score of -. If the company were reassessed in the near future, its score would likely decrease. Although Southern continues to close coal plants and has increased the ambition of its 2050 target to net-zero emissions, its commitment to natural gas presents difficulty for the company in maintaining its recent reductions in emissions intensity. Relying on unproven carbon capture and storage (CCS) and growing renewable capacity will not be sufficient to overcome a high level of coal and gas generation.

Progress towards the Paris Agreement

Just Transition Assessment

In this report, we present five key thematic findings showing how 180 companies can increase their ambition towards a transition to a low-carbon future that is just and equitable for the people and communities at risk of being affected by it.

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  1. 2020

More about the company

Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
Group revenue (2020)
USD 20.4 billion
Publicly listed
Installed capacity (2020)
42.5 GW

This company is part of the SDG2000, the 2,000 most influential companies

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