Environmental Management System
Committed to the Environment
The Yankee Gas Environmental Management System (EMS) is modeled after the internationally accepted ISO 14001 standard that provides a framework for ensuring a continual cycle of planning, implementing, reviewing and improving environmental performance.
The Yankee Gas liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Waterbury, Connecticut received ISO Certification in October 2009. Yankee Gas continues to pursue ISO 14001 Certification for all Yankee Gas processes by the end of 2011. Certification demonstrates our environmental commitment to our customers, shareholders, regulators and employees. This Certification requires an annual review by third-party auditors.
Our EMS is an integral part of our company's overall management structure and addresses immediate and long-term environmental impacts. Our EMS also helps us anticipate and meet growing environmental performance expectations and ensures ongoing compliance with federal and state requirements.
The foundation of our EMS is the Northeast Utilities Environmental Policy, which provides a commitment to maintaining compliance, promoting environmental leadership, ensuring accountability for our actions, and practicing environmental stewardship. Each year we review the environmental impact of all of our activities, such as vehicle air emissions, the recycling of office paper and the use of natural resources. Then we establish objectives and targets to minimize these environmental impacts.