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E3 Environmental Results & Commitments
Your facility will be required to report annually on the results of your EMS and Pollution Prevention efforts. Annual reports due April 1st of each year. Establishing baseline data and tracking results is necessary in order to evaluate the effectiveness of your EMS. A comprehensive EMS may address a wide array of environmental impacts: solid waste, water use, wastewater, energy usage, air impacts, etc.

The ability to measure and report progress is also very important to the administration and success of the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program. We hope that your facility will establish baselines and track progress on all of the environmental measures that you are addressing through your EMS. At a minimum, E3 facilities are required to commit to track results in at least 2 of the following categories:

    • Air Emissions
    • Energy Use
    • Water Discharges
    • Water Use
    • Waste
    • Material Use
    • Land Use
    • Product Performance

Facilities are encouraged to focus on one or more of the indicators within a category (listed below) when tracking progress and reporting annually to DEQ (although an option of other for indicator is available in each category). In the annual report, you will be expected to provide a quantifiable baseline and results for the past year's efforts in these categories.

Air Emissions Greenhouse gases (GHGs) lbs, tons
Nitrous oxides (NOx) lbs, tons
Particulate matter (PM) lbs, tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) lbs, tons
Toxics lbs, tons
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) lbs, tons
Other air emissions lbs, tons
Energy Use Purchased Electricity kWh, MWh, MMBtu, Btu
On-site (i.e. natural gas, fuel oil) kWh, MMBtu, Btu
Total energy usekWh, MWh, MMBtu, Btu
Other energy use kWh, MWh, MMBtu, Btu
Water Discharges Biological oxygen demand (BOD) lbs, tons
Chemical oxygen demand (COD) lbs, tons
Nutrients lbs, tons
Sediments lbs, tons
Suspended solids (TSS) lbs, tons
Toxics lbs, tons
Other water discharges lbs, tons
Water Use Virgin water use gallons
Reclaimed/recycled water use gallons
Total water use gallons
Other water use gallons
Waste Hazardous waste disposed lbs, tons
Hazardous waste recycled lbs, tons
Non-hazardous waste disposed lbs, tons
Non-hazardous waste recycled lbs, tons
Other waste lbs, tons
Material Use Hazardous material use lbs, tons
Non-hazardous material use lbs, tons
Recycled material use lbs, tons
Other material use lbs, tons
Land Use Land preserved square feet, acres
Land restored square feet, acres
Other land use square feet, acres
Product Performance Projected lifetime energy use kWh, MWh, MMBtu, Btu
Projected lifetime water use gallons
Projected end-of-life waste lbs, tons
Packaging waste lbs, tons
Product performance other all Product Performance units
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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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