Environmental Management System

An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a systematic management approach to determining, prioritizing, implementing, and improving upon those environmental issues that will lead to sustainable environmental stewardship.

      Edward Pinero, Federal Environmental Executive, 2005



An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a systematic method for managing and integrating the environmental, safety and health aspects of operations with special emphasis on compliance assurance, resource efficiency, pollution prevention, and continuous improvement. PPPL implements its EMS in conjunction with its Integrated Safety Management System (ISMS) and work planning processes to meet the requirements of Executive Orders 13693 and DOE Order 436.1.

PPPL's EMS is certified to the international management system standard ISO-14001:2004.

The EMS takes a systematic approach to ensuring protection of the environment and public health by complying with federal, state, and local regulations and by environmental stewardship activities that are well-managed and provide value. The EMS employs tailored approaches that accomplish DOE objectives in a manner that is appropriate to the conditions and circumstances at PPPL. Accordingly, the EMS is based on the work, the environment in which the work is performed, and the hazards or impacts associated with the work.

Executive Order 13693

Executive Order (EO) 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade was signed by President Obama in 2015. This EO revoked previous EO 13423 & EO 13514. It expands on the energy reduction and environmental performance requirements for Federal agencies. The goal of EO 13693 is to establish an integrated strategy towards sustainability in the Federal Government and to make reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) a priority for Federal agencies. EO 13693 also sets non-numerical targets that agencies must reach, including:

  • Increase renewable energy and renewable energy generation on agency property.
  • Pursue opportunities with vendors and contractors to reduce GHG emissions (i.e., transportation options and supply chain activities).
  • Reduce building energy intensity.
  • Ensure all new Federal buildings that enter the planning process in 2020 and thereafter are designed to achieve zero-net-energy standards by 2030.
  • Use low GHG emitting vehicles, including AFVs, and optimize the number of vehicles in agency fleets.
  • Implement water management strategies including water-efficient and low-flow fixtures.
  • Implement source reduction to minimize waste and pollutant generation.
  • Decrease use of chemicals directly associated with GHG emissions.
  • Participate in transportation planning and recognize existing infrastructure in regions/communities.
  • Ensure procurement preference for EPEAT-registered electronic products.


PPPL Environmental Management System (EMS) Description Document
This document outlines the relationship between PPPL EMS and the Integrated Safety Management System (ISMS). It also outlines how the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review, Work Planning Form (WPF), and Job Hazards Analysis (JHA) processes provide on-going tools for identifying, evaluating and controlling the environmental impact of PPPL operations. It identifies significant environmental aspects and impacts, and provides an overview of the programs to control and minimize significant environmental impacts. Finally, it outlines the process for reviewing and improving the EMS and identifies the programs, work processes and procedures that meet the requirements of ISO-14001:2004.

What Are My Responsibilities?

PPPL Policy P-002, Environmental Stewardship commits the Laboratory to conduct our scientific research and operate the Laboratory facilities in a manner that protects and preserves human health and the environment and is in full compliance with applicable environmental laws, regulations, and other requirements. It is important for every employee, subcontractor, student or on-site collaborator to integrating environmental requirements, pollution prevention, and continual improvement into work planning and execution, and take actions to minimize the environmental impacts of his or her work.

PPPL Policy P-003, Environment, Safety & Health Policy, identifies the basis for roles and responsibilities with regard to ES&H responsibilities. All employees, subcontractors, students, and on-site collaborators should:

  • Comply with Laboratory policies, standards, and procedures, and regulatory requirements. 
    Laboratory employees are expected to understand and comply with Laboratory policies and procedures and regulatory requirements in the course of their work. The NEPA, Work Planning and JHA processes will help to identify potential safety concerns or environmental impacts. The ES&H Directives Manual provides protocols and guidance in many areas. Additional resources and guidance are available from the ES&H and ESD Divisions.
  • Maintain awareness of the environmental impact of your work and apply pollution prevention and waste minimization techniques. 
    Employees should be aware that, in addition to the better-known environmental impacts like spills, many activities at the Laboratory may indirectly impact the environment. Purchasing recycled products, recycling office papers, batteries, and scrap metal, identifying way to save water and energy, and conserving energy and water are simple ways that employees can help improve Laboratory environmental performance.
  • Identify potential hazards, environmental concerns and unsafe conditions or practices in work or at the work site, and implement or suggest controls to minimize risk. 
    The NEPA, Work Planning, and JHA processes provide opportunities for employees to plan their work in a way that is both safe and helps protect the environment. Employees should help to identify safety or environmental concerns as work is planned and conducted. If unsure about the safety or environmental impacts of an activity, an employee should contact his/her supervisor or the PPPL safety or environmental staff for guidance.
  • Respond to emergency situations, alarms or occurrences in an appropriate manner. 
    If an unplanned environmental release or similar event occurs, employees should notify their supervisor or ESU as soon as possible. In the event of an alarm or EVES announcement, employees must respond appropriately (notify, evacuate or respond, as appropriate).

EMS Resources

Supporting Documents & Resources

Employee Guidance & Resources

Federal and State Environmental Links

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Last revised 8/7/2014