Following an intensive 2 ½-year effort, the National Energy
Technology Laboratory (NETL) has joined the growing international ranks
of government agencies and private industries who have earned the prestigious
ISO 14001 certification for environmental management, NETL Director Rita
Bajura announced today.
In response to Executive Order 13148 mandating that all federal sites
have an Environmental Management System (EMS) in place by 2005, NETL began
an effort in January 2001 to pursue certification. The lab established
an EMS and identified relevant environmental aspects on its path to achieving
ISO certification. The certification covers operations at its locations
in Morgantown, W.Va., and Pittsburgh, Pa., including onsite research and
development, site operations, and supporting administrative functions.
In announcing the certification, Bajura said that environmental management
is integrated into all of the laboratory’s research and technology
development programs. “Protecting the environment is also part of
our mission. ISO 14001 certification proves to the world that we take
our mission seriously,” Bajura said. To maintain the certification,
NETL will undergo surveillance audits approximately every six months.
Regarding certification maintenance, Environmental, Safety, and Health
Division Manager Jan Wachter, added, “ISO 14001 certification requires
us to continually improve, to keep getting better at protecting the environment
while performing our mission.”
ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, was established
in 1947 “to facilitate the international coordination and unification
of industrial standards.” Today, ISO is a network of more than 140
countries who promote the development of national safety standards for
government and private industry throughout the world. Before ISO certification
is awarded, an independent third party verifies an organization’s
adherence to rigorous international standards.
NETL, the U.S. Department of Energy’s lead center for fossil energy
research and technology development, manages and implements a broad spectrum
of energy and environmental programs. NETL employs approximately 1,100
federal employees and site-support contractors at its sites in Morgantown,
W.Va., Pittsburgh, Pa., Tulsa, Okla., and Fairbanks, Alaska.