Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Department of Energy (DOE) take environmental stewardship very seriously. As part of the Lab’s commitment to environmentally responsible operations, it established the BNL Environmental Management System (EMS). The Lab’s EMS ensures that environmental issues are systematically identified, controlled, and monitored. Moreover, the EMS provides mechanisms for responding to changing environmental conditions and requirements, reporting on environmental performance, and reinforcing continual improvement. The cornerstone of the Lab’s EMS is a Laboratory Environmental, Safety, Security and Health (ESSH) Policy. Specific environmental commitments include compliance, pollution prevention, conservation, and community outreach. Read the full ESSH policy (PDF).
One measure of an effective EMS is recognition of good environmental performance. In 2007, the Lab was recognized with eight national or regional environmental awards. The Department of Energy awarded the Lab three Pollution Prevention and Environmental Stewardship Accomplishment Awards for EMS, composting, and recycling efforts.
The Lab’s EMS was designed to meet the rigorous requirements of the globally recognized International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 Environmental Management Standard, with additional emphasis on compliance, pollution prevention, and community involvement. Annual audits are required to maintain EMS registration, and recertification audits of the entire EMS occur every three years. The most recent EMS recertification audit, in 2008, determined that the Lab remains in conformance with the ISO 14001 Standard.