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Environmental Management Systems

The Department of Energy (DOE) is committed to implement sustainability into all aspects of operations. Executive Order (EO) 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, directs agencies to continue implementation of formal Environmental Management Systems (EMS) where those systems have proven effective and deploy new EMSs where appropriate. EMSs provide a structure for site‐level cross-cutting and multi‐functional coordination necessary to plan for and achieve the Department's sustainability goals.

DOE's use of EMS is addressed in DOE Order 436.1, Departmental Sustainability. This order provides requirements and responsibilities for managing and achieving Departmental sustainability goals.

DOE sites use EMS as the primary management tool for addressing environmental aspects of internal agency operations and activities; for establishing objectives and targets to ensure implementation of EO 13693; and for collecting, analyzing, and reporting performance metric information.

Annual EMS reporting is conducted through FedCenter.  FedCenter collects information on the scope and status of DOE EMSs. Sites must maintain their EMS as being certified to or conforming with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 which generally requires following the "Plan, Do, Check, Act" management system model.