We will reach our goal of environmental excellence when every Covanta facility meets or exceeds our strict standards for environmental performance. We address underperforming facilities by enrolling them in our Environmental Improvement Plan (EIP), which takes a similar approach to our Safety Improvement Plan.

Through the EIP, we review operating and environmental metrics and new procedures or ideas on how to improve performance. Periodic calls foster discussion about how facilities can improve on both a quantitative basis—such as environmental results and statistics—as well as qualitatively—such as improving communication. In 2016, two of our facilities that had been under an EIP the previous year made significant performance improvements, enabling them to be cleared from the EIP process.

We also have a rigorous environmental auditing program, designed to identify potential issues before they become noncompliance events and to help share best practices around our fleet of facilities.