CEZ Group’s strategic decisions in the area of environmental protection are based on the conviction that the environment represents irreplaceable wealth that every responsible steward wishes to pass down to future generations in a condition better than that in which he inherited it. At the pan-European level as well, protection of the environment is an indispensable part of key social issues.
Other integral components of CEZ Group’s strategy are increasing the utilization of renewable sources of energy and supporting energy conservation. One non-technical measure that is part of our responsible approach to environmental protection is the application of an Environmental Management System (EMS) as part of company management.
Implementation of the EMS pursuant to the requirements of the international ISO 14001:2004 standard commenced in 1997. It was completed in 2004 with the issuance of the international EMS certificate confirming that the management system is in compliance with the requirements of the ČSN EN ISO 14001 standard. For ČEZ, one aggregate certificate has been issued for the conventional power plants as well as two separate certificates for the Temelín and Dukovany Nuclear Power Stations.
The objective of the EMS is to make environmental protection imperatives part of ČEZ’s overall strategy and reflect them in the standard activities by which the company supports environmental protection and prevention of pollution in balance with social and economic needs. Through the EMS, the company declares that, in the course of its business activities, it takes care to protect the environment and that in planning production operations, the environmental impact of these operations is taken into account.
Of fundamental importance for the EMS is the Safety and Environmental Protection Policy, which contains a pledge of continuous improvement and prevention of pollution in accordance with legislative requirements in the area of environmental protection. The document is available to the public on the ČEZ website, at the address http://www.cez.cz/cs/odpovedna-firma/zivotni-prostredi/politika-bezpecnosti-a-ochrany-zivotniho-prostredi.html. All company employees are required to read it, as are the employees of selected CEZ Group subsidiaries, and employees of contractors operating in plant compounds are also required to read it, as part of orientation training.
The EMS includes internal audits, external EMS audits, and management EMS reviews. The frequency of the internal audits is set so that they can vet fulfillment of findings from the preceding external EMS audit. The internal audits include checking ČEZ’s internal directives and work documentation for compliance with the requirements of the ISO 14001 standard and with legislation in various areas of environmental protection – air protection, water protection, waste management, handling of chemicals and hazardous substances, integrated prevention, and the integrated pollution register.
ČEZ’s Environmental Management System was first certified for ISO 14001 compliance in 2002 by the certification authority DET NORSKE VERITAS CZ. In 2011, a recertification audit was conducted by the certification authority Bureau Veritas Czech Republic. The current EMS certification expires on May 21, 2014. The auditors identified potential for further improvement in water management and handling of chemicals and mixtures. The head of the audit team recommended that the organization seek certification in the future as well.
Our nuclear power stations, Temelín and Dukovany, also submit to regular environmental audits. In 2010 and 2011, the auditors reaffirmed that both Temelín and Dukovany meet the environmental protection requirements of the international ISO 14001:2004 standard. Temelín Nuclear Power Station first obtained certification of ISO 14001:2004 compliance for its EMS in November 2004. The certificate is valid for three years, and each year the plant confirms its adherence to the environmental protection rules.
“We’ve been doing audits at Temelín for eight years now, and during that time we have come to expect a high standard here. That, however, has not compromised our vigilance: we take the audits very seriously. This year, the plant demonstrated the qualities of its environmental protection system once again. Temelín can be held up as an example in this area, even for other industries,” said Vlastimil Pejčoch, head of the audit team from the international audit firm DET NORSKE VERITAS CZ.