Duke Energy makes environmental protection a top priority every day.
That strong commitment, coupled with Duke Energy’s comprehensive environmental management system, continues to drive down the annual number of reportable environmental events at the company’s numerous power plants and other facilities in multiple states for the third consecutive year.
Reportable environmental events are defined as events – resulting from Duke Energy operations – that require notification to, or enforcement action by, a county, state or federal environmental regulatory agency.
"We build a margin of safety into our work plans to ensure projects are conducted in an event-free way. This helps us reduce risk and prevent accidents," says Jeff Hatch, a Duke Energy Project Manager.
Hatch oversaw a successful and environmentally sensitive job that required replacement of oil-filled transformers within 120 feet of the Catawba River at one of the company’s power plants in Belmont, N.C., in 2017.
"We hold both our employee and contractor teammates to a high standard – and we aren't afraid to stop work if we see something that isn't right,” Hatch says.
Duke Energy’s environmental management system outlines the role that each employee and contractor plays in continuously improving and strengthening environmental protection.
Elements include comprehensive planning, hazard and risk assessment, thorough checklists, continuous monitoring, regular inspections and in-depth audits.
Duke Energy empowers and encourages every employee and contractor to proactively identify and immediately address any potential environmental risk or hazard – no matter how small.
“Environmental protection and stewardship together represent critically important cornerstones of our daily operations at Duke Energy,” says Pat McCabe, Environmental Projects and Programs Director. “They’re part of our internal cultural and corporate DNA.”