environment

Updated: May 2024

Environmental Management

Our Environmental organization, which reports to the Vice President of Operations Support, provides environmental leadership to the company through establishment of sound environmental policies, managing environmental risks, implementing world-class environmental management systems, and driving the adoption of sustainable concepts.  The department activities include: 

  • EMS Program. Implement and maintain an Environmental Management System (EMS) based on ISO 14001 principles.
  • Training. Conduct environmental training on environmental compliance and risk identification and reduction.
  • Audits. Interface with agency inspectors during site compliance audits and inspections. 
  • Corrective Action Program. Engage with the APS Corrective Action Program and work for continuous improvement.
  • Policy, Process and Procedure. Develop, implement and maintain environmental processes and procedures to maintain environmental compliance.
  • Regulatory compliance. Complete required reporting by EPA and local regulatory governing agencies.  
  • Adhere to the company’s Code of Ethics and Business Responsibility, including the policy on environmental stewardship and sustainability.  

Learn more about Clean Energy, Water, Waste, and Metrics and Reporting.

Environmental Training

The Environmental department conducts environmental training throughout the company on environmental compliance and risk identification and reduction. Training is regularly updated to enhance and improve education and share best practices.

 Environmental Training 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
 Environmental General Awareness           2,688 2,634 2,409 2,423 2,399
 PCB Basic Training for Low Risk Employees (*new in 2019) 147 176 186 175 157
 PCB Advanced Training for High Risk Employees  845 830 829 842 923
 Total   3,680 3,640 3,424 3,440 3,479


Environmental Management Systems

We have established, documented, implemented and maintained an EMS, based on ISO 14001 principles, since 2011. Through the process of internal and external audits/inspections, the incorporation of Human and Organizational Performance principles, and a robust Corrective Action Program, we work to continually improve its effectiveness. APS’s Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Policy establishes our vision and standards for environmental stewardship, performance and compliance. These standards ensure our company’s environmental programs and activities support our corporate environmental policy, goals and company vision to provide a sustainable energy future.

In addition to strengthening our environmental awareness, lowering environmental risks and ensuring a high level of environmental compliance, the policy is fully integrated with all laws, regulations and other applicable requirements concerning the environment at all APS facilities, transmission and distribution systems, and construction projects.

Implementing an EMS helps us achieve improved performance in several ways, including:

  • Identify and control the environmental impact of our activities, products and services 
  • Standardize our operational approach to managing environmental issues at our facilities through fulfilment of our compliance obligations
  • Improve our environmental performance and reduce environmental risks 
  • Employ a systematic approach to setting environmental objectives and targets, achieving these targets and demonstrating that they have been achieved

Voluntary Environmental Stewardship Program

As a result of having an effective EMS in place, four of our power plants have received the Platinum Level Voluntary Environmental Stewardship Program (VESP) with Superior Compliance History designation from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). This is the highest award given under this program. Per ADEQ, this three-year recognition is given to a facility that has met the Gold Level standard, has a functioning EMS with at least one completed audited EMS cycle, and commits to community outreach. In 2022, Cholla Generating Station, Fairview Generating Station, and APS - Marine Corps Air Station became Bronze Level members of the VESP which is awarded to facilities that do not have violations on record with any environmental regulatory agency within the past three years.

View a complete list of ADEQ VESP members

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