We have a deep appreciation for the environment around us, and we know others do as well. We’re not only aware of our impact on the environment — we’re working hard to reduce it. From lowering greenhouse-gas emissions to protecting water quality and preserving wildlife habitat, we’re constantly looking for ways to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy the world around them.
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CLEAN AIR & WATER
We are committed to doing our part to help address climate change.
We look for ways to minimize our water use. Whenever we can, we return the water we use to its source.
We try to create as little waste as possible.
We strive to reuse as much waste material as we can. When we cannot reuse waste, we dispose of it responsibly.
HABITAT AND WILDLIFE PROTECTION
We continue to implement new design standards that avoid impacts to wildlife.
We strive to protect wildlife and habitat around our operations.
Setting High Standards
Dominion Energy is fully committed to meeting the energy needs of its customers in an environmentally responsible manner. Protecting natural and cultural resources is our duty, and it is also good business.
Our commitment is always to comply with laws and regulations and to act consistently with our core values. Those include ethics — and ethics requires not only compliance with laws and regulations, but also avoiding harm to people and the environment. While we always aim to meet our legal and regulatory obligations, we set our sights higher than mere compliance.
Environmental Management System
Our strategy is to improve our environmental performance through an environmental management system, or EMS. While such a system was in place for years, in 2016 Dominion Energy started a multiyear effort to further enhance how the company maintains and improves environmental compliance and practices. In 2018, new processes and tools were added to the EMS to supplement the existing program.
The EMS is built on 12 corporate standards that set universal expectations for environmental compliance and stewardship. These standards provide the framework to manage, track and improve the company’s environmental record. The EMS describes roles and responsibilities throughout all levels of the workforce because we recognize that clearly defined duties for our employees and leaders are essential for fostering accountability and sustaining the EMS.
To communicate our commitment to full compliance, all employees receive training on the company’s environmental policy, potential environmental issues associated with their work, their contribution to the effectiveness of the EMS, and the implications of not conforming to it. In 2018, Human Resources revised the policy regarding “Employee Expectations” for all Dominion Energy Employees to say that work will be conducted in accordance with the EMS. Additionally, we deliver strong and consistent environmental awareness messages as part of new employee orientation and all training programs.
We feel it’s important to instill a culture of compliance while also improving environmental risk management. We conduct periodic self-assessments at our sites and facilities to identify and eliminate potential compliance issues. When an environmental incident occurs, we conduct a robust root-cause analysis; promptly mitigate its effects; determine corrective actions on a short-term, long-term, and global basis; and track the effectiveness of corrective and preventative actions. Furthermore, Dominion Energy’s Audit Program conducts internal audits and EMS evaluations to assess compliance with applicable environmental laws, regulations and policies.
These efforts have bolstered the EMS program and will guide the company toward enhanced environmental performance in the future. Please see our Corporate Environmental Management System (EMS) Standards below.
Corporate Environmental Management System (EMS) Standards
Dominion Energy EMS Expectations:
Dominion Energy promotes an understanding that environmental compliance is the baseline expectation while promoting a culture that looks for and implements opportunities to reduce future risk or impacts to the environment.
Dominion Energy’s EMS manual describes or directs readers to overarching policies, standards, procedures and programs that make up the company-wide EMS.
EMS Roles and Responsibilities:
Detailed EMS Roles and Responsibilities are described for the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer, senior leadership, Audit Services, Legal Services, and environmental professionals, as well as all staff within the business groups.
Incident and Regulatory Alert Communications:
Each business group uses an environmental event communication and response procedure to ensure that incidents are transparently responded to and reported throughout the appropriate levels of the organization.
Incident Response and Corrective Action:
Each business group maintains environmental incident response and corrective action plans commensurate with its business operations and according to applicable regulatory requirements.
Environmental Root Cause Analysis (RCA):
An RCA is conducted in response to an environmental incident in order to identify the initiating causes of events and prevent recurrence. Corrective actions are identified and implemented to improve performance and prevent recurrence.
Training and Personnel Qualifications:
Business groups implemented environmental compliance training plans to educate employees and others engaged in environmental related tasks on both their overall obligations and on specific environmental risk areas related to their jobs.
Environmental Compliance Tools:
Various tools and documents were developed to ensure environmental compliance, such as guidance documents, self-assessments, and facility-specific compliance tracking.
Goals, Metrics and Pollution Prevention:
Metrics, including regulatory data, are used to track and evaluate performance in order to inform management decision making, while also communicating performance and progress. A pollution prevention standard ensures that the company is preventing, reducing, recycling, reusing, and minimizing wastes and emissions.
Risk-Based Self-Assessment Process:
In addition to regulatory required monitoring, each business group implements a risk-based self-assessment process to proactively identify and correct any potential compliance deficiencies and eliminate potential compliance issues.
Environmental documents and records are stored and retained as required by regulation and Dominion Energy standards, and are accessible to internal company stakeholders.
Environmental Data Management Systems:
Environmental data management systems are secure and compliant with IT data management policies to ensure data integrity, consistency, information sharing, and effective decision making.