People across the Emera companies are committed to working in a way that is respectful and protective of the environment. To ensure we deliver on this commitment, each Emera company works within a clearly defined environmental policy and management framework.

Policy

The Emera Environmental Policy codifies our environmental commitment, ensuring that environmental considerations are integral to decision making and action. 

Environmental Governance

Each Emera company has a team dedicated to managing environmental performance and risk, with a director or senior leader who reports into the local executive team, and works closely with the Emera Director of Environmental Governance.

At Emera’s executive level, environmental performance and risk is the responsibility of the Executive Vice President of Stakeholder Relations & Public Affairs, who reports to the Emera Chief Operating Officer. At the board level, the Health, Safety and Environment Committee (add link to charter) has oversight of all matters related to environmental risk and performance.

Local and corporate-level scorecards contain targets relevant to our environmental performance to ensure our strategic goals are delivered.

Environmental Management Systems (EMS)

All Emera companies manage environmental risks through an Environmental Management System (EMS) that meets the ISO 14001 international standard. An EMS is a set of tools and processes that allows our companies to better manage environmental aspects of our business and improve performance.  It’s an important way for a company to identify its environmental impacts, plan how to manage them and set goals to improve environmental performance.

Environment Reporting

We report on our annual environmental performance and activities in the Emera Sustainability Report.  This provides a detailed view of Emera’s environmental performance, activities and data on greenhouse gas and air emissions, water, waste and biodiversity.

CDP

Emera has participated in the CDP (formerly called the Carbon Disclosure Project) since 2009. The CDP is an international, independent, not-for-profit organization that maintains a global disclosure system enabling companies, cities, states and regions to measure and manage their environmental impacts.

In 2016 Emera was recognized for taking coordinated action on climate change issues by CDP and obtained a score of B (Management).

See our 2017 CDP submission

 


 

Environmental Stewardship in action

Air Emissions

We carefully monitor emissions from our thermal generating stations and use ambient air monitoring stations to keep track of how those emissions affect the quality of the air we breathe.

Vegetation Management

Our utilities use environmentally sensitive vegetation management programs to ensure reliability of our transmission and distribution lines. We work to nurture compatible shurbs and trees near our powerlines that will provide habitat and food for wildlife, while also helping to control the growth of tree species that can interfere with power delivery.

Protecting Biodiversity

Emera’s environmental commitment drives our focus on protection, recovery and education around biodiversity. All our companies follow applicable rules and regulations when we encounter protected species and habitats.e strive to minimize the impacts of our operations on biodiversity.

For example, our utilities have processes to ensure that habitat and nesting sites for critical bird species are maintained near our assets. Tampa Electric has an Avian Protection program that safeguards ospreys. Nova Scotia Power has robust processes to ensure habitat and cultural protection, and also has an established osprey relocation program and procedures for protecting migratory birds during vegetation management activities and transmission and distribution line construction and maintenance programs.