We have a deep appreciation for the environment around us, and we know others do as well. So we want to do what’s right for the natural world and the creatures that inhabit it. That’s why we have adopted an environmental policy statement and have an environmental management system designed to uphold high standards and set clear expectations. Our employees work together to uphold these rigorous standards, which meet or go beyond statutory and regulatory requirements.
Setting High Standards
In 2017 we established new, companywide standards to enhance our environmental management system. We also set formal targets to improve our environmental performance, including a greenhouse gas reduction goal. We continue striving to improve our efforts to address greenhouse gases and other air emissions from our operations, water use and water quality, the responsible management of wastes and land and wildlife protection.
Each of our business groups is implementing our enhanced environmental management system. We will continue to reduce emissions and waste, and to preserve natural habitats in the areas where we do business.
Dominion’s Energy’s corporate offices at 120 Tredegar Street in Richmond sit just a few dozen yards from the banks of the James River. Through the floor-to-ceiling windows of the cafeteria, employees can watch geese wade at the water’s edge and great blue herons soar above kayakers shooting the Class IV rapids. It might be the most naturally beautiful corporate campus in America, and we are determined to protect the environment here and at all our company locations.
We know others feel the same way about the environment, too.
Our customers want cleaner energy.
Our investors want to invest in a company that integrates environmental matters — especially climate — in our planning, and considers them as we perform risk assessment and analyze business opportunities. They expect us to be transparent in reporting environmental information and diligent in reducing impacts to the environment.
Our communities want us to be good partners in reducing the environmental effects from our operations.
Our neighbors want us to take care as we build projects to protect natural resources.
We are listening — and responding. At Dominion Energy, we’re not only aware of our impact on the environment — we’re working 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 the natural world is maintained for future generations.
Environmental Management System
Our approach to stewardship begins with our environmental management system. Full regulatory compliance sets the baseline, but our expectation goes much further: We want to do what’s right for the planet and its rich diversity of ecosystems, while preserving shareholder value.
To live up to those standards, we have a robust set of clear expectations for every employee. Beginning in 2016 and continuing into 2017, we took a hard look at the systems and processes we had put in place to improve our environmental performance.
The result is an even stronger environmental management system – led by the company’s most senior leaders, and driven by the chairman and CEO. In 2017, we established new, companywide standards for environmental management, critically reviewed current practices and established implementation plans for our business groups. In 2018, each of our business groups is implementing this enhanced management system.