Commitment to the Environment

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Somerville is committed to environmental responsibility. Our environmental policy, signed by our President and implemented into every facet of our day-to-day operations, reflects the commitments to minimize the impact of our activities on the natural environment and local communities, and to adhere to all environmental regulations present in every province or region we work in.

Somerville takes its commitment to the environment seriously, and at all levels of the company. Our management team ensures that all employees receive training; supervisors ensure that employees work according to environmental standards; and workers are responsible for conducting all activities in a manner that follows all environmental regulations and policies.

Simply having an environmental policy is not enough; we must demonstrate an ongoing commitment through constant monitoring and improvement of our performance against set environmental objectives and targets. To ensure the successful implementation of and adherence to our environmental policy, Somerville uses an Environmental Management System (EMS) that meets the specifications of the ISO 14000 international standards series. These standards include:

  • Using environmental audits to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations
  • Conducting regular monitoring of environmental aspects such as water quality, air quality, noise, site development, hazardous substances and spill incidents
  • Ongoing development and promotion of environmental standards applicable to day-to-day operations that impact the environment
  • Training all employees on their specific work functions to ensure environmental competence
  • Communicating environmental policy, roles, responsibilities, objectives and targets to all staff
  • Making workers responsible for conducting their activities in a manner that ensures all company and legislative and environmental regulations and policies are followed.

Robert B. Somerville also demonstrates its commitment to environmental responsibility by providing infrastructure solutions for several forms of renewable and sustainable energy. With services ranging from project planning and engineering to asset construction and maintenance, Somerville has helped to build infrastructure for wind, solar, geothermal and district energy projects. We are proud to be part of the building of safe, reliable and environmentally responsible energy projects in Canadian communities.