Environmental Commitment

An Environmental Management System is a systematic approach to managing environmental hazards and potential impacts. It helps us identify potential environmental risks and prevent negative impacts by putting necessary controls and programs in place, monitoring and measuring environmental performance, continually improving and sharing our progress with interested parties. An EMS reduces risk while improving efficiency and effectiveness.​​​​​​

For nearly 50 years, Energy Northwest has produced a diverse mix of carbon-free energy – first through hydroelectric power, later by adding nuclear, wind and solar. Utilizing clean energy is important to ratepayers throughout the Northwest and vital to protecting the environment for current and future generations.

As an organization, Energy Northwest is committed to doing its part to take care of the environment. Through a comprehensive environmental stewardship program that touches every aspect of the operation, this commitment is formalized in an Environmental Management System. ISO 14001:2004 certification, which underscores Energy Northwest’s commitment to the environment, exhibits compliance to international environmental standards and provides third-party validation that its EMS is effective and sustainable.

  

Key Components of Energy Northwest’s Environmental Commitment

 

 Environmental Stewardship

 
​Energy Northwest promotes consideration of the environment in everything it does. To the fullest extent possible, activities are designed and conducted to reduce and manage adverse environmental impacts and risks to natural resources and human health. Opportunities to improve the environment are continually pursued.
 

 Environmental Management System

 
​Energy Northwest’s EMS formalizes its commitment to improving environmental performance throughout the organization. By setting goals and measuring performance, a level of continual improvement can be reached in all processes.
 

 Environmental Compliance

 
​Employees are dedicated to complying with all applicable environmental requirements. Internal controls are established where no regulatory limits exist to further protect the environment.
 

 Pollution Prevention

 
​Energy Northwest prevents pollution first by minimizing hazardous materials use, spills, waste generation and by conserving natural resources. Priority is then given to reuse and recycling.
 

 Communication

 
​Information on Energy Northwest’s environmental stewardship policy, programs and environmental performance is widely shared.

P-Bullet.jpg In one year, the electricity from Columbia Generating Station prevented 7.9 million metric tons of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere. Source: Nuclear Energy Institute


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P-Bullet.jpg The Energy Northwest environmental stewardship policy creates an expectation that its employees will bring an environmental ethic with them wherever they work

 

Environmental Management System Program Description (PDF)

 

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We would like to hear your comments about our environmental policy and programs.

EMS Coordinator:
Steve Vaughn
(509) 377-4505 
slvaughn@energy-northwest.com.