Dec. 3, 2009

LLNL's Environmental Management System achieves ISO 14001 certification

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has achieved ISO14001 certification for its Environmental Management System, conforming to standards set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

The purpose of the internationally recognized standard is to foster sound environmental practices -- such as pollution prevention and waste reduction -- that minimize negative affects upon the environment from an organization’s operations or work activities.

ISO 14001 certification was bestowed upon LLNL by NSF International Strategic Registrations, an independent, not-for-profit auditing organization that examined the Lab’s environmental policy, how the Lab addresses environmental aspects in the planning and execution of work, communication of EMS and related requirements to employees and subcontractors, and the steps taken to establish targets and programs to reduce environmental impacts.

"ISO 14001 certification is a major achievement for the Laboratory," said Steve Liedle, LLNL deputy director. "It demonstrates the Laboratory’s strong commitment to environmental stewardship and the strong performance of its formal environmental protection program."

ISO 14001 certification demonstrates that the Lab’s Environmental Management System enables the Lab to identify and control the environmental impact of its activities, continually improve its environmental stewardship and implement a systematic approach to setting and achieving environmental goals and objectives – and demonstrating that they have been achieved.

The ISO is widely recognized in the business world as the authority on quality management. Its standards help ensure for the ISO certification-holder’s clients a universal level of quality for that particular area of certification. The standards are designed to ensure the most effective, safe and efficient methods and products possible.

Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is a national security laboratory that develops science and engineering technology and provides innovative solutions to our nation's most important challenges. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is managed by Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.