Continuous maintenance and efforts to advance environmental management systems already in place at Con Edison were not new to the company in 2012. The Company has held its environmental management system to ISO 14001 standards for a decade. In 2012, the environmental management system adherence to ISO standards was renewed and an electronic efficiency measure for environmental information was added, as discussed below.
Con Edison Company of New York received corporate-wide certification for its environmental management system by demonstrating conformance to the ISO 14001 Standard in 2002. ISO Standards are developed and managed by the “International Organization for Standardization” which was created to standardize products, manufacturing processes and management systems. The ISO 14001 Standard provides a framework for establishing and maintaining a company-wide environmental management system.
The company was recently recertified for an additional three-year period, in April 2011. Annual surveillance assessments conducted by an ANSI-ANAB certified registrar have confirmed the company maintains an effective environmental management system. The company remains committed to the continual improvement of its environmental management system to protect the environment in our service territory.
Con Edison of New York’s Environmental Management Information System (EMIS) is a web-based repository for environmental data, consisting of three modules that are used to track environmental spill incidents, hazardous waste manifests, and waste-water discharge monitoring samples. The system was developed in-house and rolled out in 2006, however recent enhancements to the EMIS waste modules provide the ability to electronically track waste drums from inception to final destination using barcodes. This improvement has created an electronic log book and extended the ability to print and use barcode labels for more efficient waste drum identification. Implementation of this effort has allowed the company to streamline a complex business process, improve data accuracy, enhance the tracking of select waste streams, and reduce costs.