Environmental Management System (EMS)
DFW Airport’s EMS is a management system designed to lead DFW Airport towards improved environmental performance by integrating environmental considerations into day-to-day operations. The EMS is a set of policies, processes, and practices that enable DFW Airport to reduce its environmental impacts and increase its operating efficiency. EMS excellence flows from and is empowered by DFW Airport’s Environmental Policy.
DFW Airport’s Environmental Policy is explicit in its commitment to pollution prevention, source reduction, waste minimization and continuous improvement.
DFW Airport’s EMS is divided into 12 Key Elements, and stems from the philosophy of plan-do-check-act in an effort to achieve continuous improvement.
One of the main objectives of DFW Airport's EMS, is to implement a systematic approach to managing key environmental aspects and impacts prevalent to airport operations.
An Environmental Aspect is an element of an organizations activities, products, and services that can interact with the environment.
An Environmental Impact is any change to the environment (adverse or beneficial) resulting from an organizations aspects. DFW Airports Environmental Aspect and Impact Table
is used to identify and prioritize activities with potential harm/risk to the environment. Criteria used to determine an activities significance includes the occurrence frequency of the activity, the cost, regulatory exposure, stakeholder concerns, and the relative environmental impact. In order to address major environmental aspects, procedures and operational controls are developed and implemented, to minimize the environmental impacts associated with the respective activity. A comprehensive review of DFW Airport’s aspects and impacts are performed annually.