Environmental protection is a top priority for Crestwood. We are committed to conducting operations in a manner that protects natural resources and cultural sites. We also strive to continuously reduce the operational footprint of all of our activities.
Our Board of Directors Sustainability Committee oversees Crestwood’s environmental management, while executive management has the responsibility of our Environmental, Safety and Regulatory Executive Committee. This committee includes senior leaders across key functions such as Legal, Operations, Business Development and Project Management. The Company’s overall management approach is governed by our Environmental, Safety and Regulatory policy. We put the policy into practice through the implementation of, standardized environmental policies and practices across all Crestwood business units and assets.
Crestwood’s Operations teams lead these efforts, with support from the ESR function. Working closely with Operations and Technical Services, the ESR team helps ensure that all of our assets are designed, constructed, maintained and operated to minimize adverse environmental impacts.
Central elements of our environmental management approach are the local programs and plans in place at each of our facilities to ensure regulatory and permit compliance, and the operational controls we implement to manage environmental risks. Specific programs to manage, monitor and measure our risk and impact in material environmental topics are discussed in other sections of this report. These topics include climate change, asset integrity, spill prevention and emergency response, and biodiversity and land use. Our locations also have plans in place to promote resource efficiency through waste reduction and increased recycling.
Training is critical to embed responsible environmental work practices into our day-to-day operations. Training needs are defined on an annual basis, including environmental training, and are managed through our online learning management system.
We track external inspections of our facilities, ensuring the implementation of corrective actions as part of our commitment to continuous improvement of environmental management.
Environmental fines and penalties
Number of external environmental inspections
EPA SmartWay Program
EPA’s SmartWay program helps companies advance supply chain sustainability by measuring, benchmarking, and improving freight transportation efficiency. Crestwood received SmartWay certification in 2018 in recognition of our improved freight sustainability programs. By joining SmartWay, Crestwood has publicly committed to doing its part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by operating trucks that are the most fuel-efficient, using technology to optimize truck routing, reducing short and long idling, and educating its drivers on how to operate its trucks in the safest, most efficient way possible.
In addition to reducing its carbon footprint, Crestwood has also experienced a reduction in fuel costs as a result of its initiatives to reduce greenhouse gases.
A key goal for 2019 is to further standardize and strengthen our internal tiered assurance program across the business. This will enable us to enhance sharing of best practices and further drive continuous improvement of environmental management. Furthermore, we are also in the process of building an ESR risk registry and risk matrix to ensure we continue to monitor and properly respond to any emerging environmental risks.
We will also be enhancing our data collection processes to enable reporting of waste and recycling metrics in our 2019 Sustainability Report.
Spill Prevention Control and Emergency Response