Environmental Excellence – Staying Vigilant
We will reach our goal of environmental excellence when every Covanta facility reaches 100% compliance with all discharge limits and meets or exceeds our strict standards for environmental performance.
We address facilities with the most room for improvement by enrolling them in our Environmental Improvement Plan (EIP), which takes a similar approach to our Safety Improvement Plans. The EIP requires the facility to identify the root causes of their exceedances and to create a customized solution that will be a path towards improved performance. Quarterly conference calls and/or face-to-face meetings maintain progress throughout the year while also encouraging communication between various subject matter experts, facility personnel and corporate personnel. A facility in the EIP plan will remain there until there is evidence that it has improved its performance. Covanta has been increasing the number of facilities in the EIP plan (three in 2016, five in 2017, six in 2018 and ten in 2019) on the premise that any facility with exceedances has room for improvement. Instead of a worrisome trend, this increase reflects a continued dedication to improve environmental performance across the fleet.