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.
The Emera Environmental Policy codifies our environmental commitment, ensuring that environmental considerations are integral to decision making and action.
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
Environmental Stewardship in action
Emera was recognized for taking coordinated action on climate change issues by CDP ratings in 2016. Formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, 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.
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.
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.
Our utilities have processes to ensure that habitat and nesting sites for critical bird species are maintained near our assets. Tampa Electric has an award-winning Avian Protection program that safeguards ospreys. Nova Scotia Power 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.