As a global manufacturer, our operations and products are subject to a wide variety of environmental regulations and standards. Ensuring that we meet all the regulatory requirements that apply to our products and operations is essential to our success as trusted suppliers to our customers, responsible members of the communities where we operate, and good stewards of our shareholders’ capital. Our commitment to environmental responsibility is also reflected in our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, consider sustainability in the product development process, and operate more efficiently, including reducing water and energy consumption and producing less waste.

Managing Environmental Compliance

Given our global footprint and the diversity of our products and operations, environmental compliance is primarily the responsibility of facility-level EHS professionals who operate with oversight and guidance from operating company management and Dover corporate management. Specific environmental compliance practices vary depending on our operating companies’ product lines and the unique needs of their customers, but generally environmental compliance efforts include some or all of the following:

  • Following internationally recognized best practice environmental management systems like International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001
  • External and internal audits of environmental compliance annually (or in some cases more frequently) against standards such as ISO 14001 or the 0DOVER framework, including tracking any findings or gaps and establishing action plans to close them
  • Best practice sharing between sites to drive continuous improvement by taking feedback from environmental audits and proactively sharing with other sites to prevent issues before they occur
  • Documentation and record keeping of compliance with environmental laws and regulations and environmental issues such as audits, materials tracking, waste transfer records and certifications from suppliers that inputs do not contain hazardous materials
  • Site-specific or operating company-wide environmental policies such as Markem-Imaje’s Global Environment, Occupational Health and Safety Policy
  • Commitment from senior leadership to environmental compliance including maintaining evidence of proactive leadership initiatives
  • Limiting impacts on air quality from pollution risks by reducing emissions from VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and GHGs (greenhouse gases)

Dover operating companies are also committed to ensuring their products comply with global product-related regulations, which can vary depending on where the product will be sold, the product’s application, and the nature of the end user. Product compliance is an intrinsic aspect of the design and innovation process at Dover operating companies, which stay abreast of environmental, legal and regulatory developments through the efforts of their engineering and product safety professionals, their involvement in industry groups, and their participation in regular training offered by corporate management and trusted outside experts.

Dover companies addressing environmental compliance through ISO 14001

Our operating companies use different frameworks to manage environmental compliance specific to the unique needs of their respective industries, but many use the ISO 14001 Environmental Management standard which includes assessing and managing environmental compliance through policies, performance objectives, training and auditing. Twenty-eight of our sites are ISO 14001 certified for their environmental management systems, covering ~29% of Dover employees.


Products and Solutions Supporting Customers’ Environmental Compliance

Many Dover operating companies serve customers in industries where environmental compliance is critical, such as the oil and gas and chemicals industries.

Fuel Safety and Digital Innovation to Enhance Environmental Compliance: Dover Fueling Solutions and OPW

Dover Fueling Solutions (DFS) and OPW serve the retail fueling industry where environmental compliance is critical. From the oil well to the fuel dispenser and at the points in-between, the products designed and manufactured by DFS and OPW can help protect the environment. It starts with enabling the safe transportation of crude oil and vital industrial chemicals while offering solutions to first responders in the case of a release. Solutions like Midland’s Smart-Flow Pressure Relief Valve and Emergency Response Kits and Civacon’s CivaCommand provide important levels of protection during this critical journey. Once below ground, fueling products like Watertight Wonders from OPW Retail Fueling help to protect the environment against potential vapor emissions, overfill, spills and water intrusion and contamination. Safer and cleaner fueling experiences for customers using OPW nozzles help prevent fuel spilling during purchase. The OPW 14 Series family of dripless nozzles and 10 Series Emergency Shut Off Valves are designed to protect people and the environment during the fueling process.

Our latest digital innovations also help protect our planet against fuel leaks by providing station operators with real-time data and end-to-end fuel management to take quick actions to address issues. DFS Fairbanks, DX Wetstock and OPW In-Station Diagnostics Monitoring Systems have features like multi-point detection systems to proactively monitor and combat conditions that lead to larger fuel leaks that could damage our environment. For customers operating in markets with environmental and regulatory compliance monitoring requirements, including the U.S., Spain, Uruguay and the UK, DFS’s and OPW’s digital solutions help retailers and fleet operators remain compliant.

Helping Oil & Gas Operators Comply with Environmental Regulations and Achieve Sustainability Goals: Cook Compression

At Cook Compression, and its parent company Dover Precision Components, we develop solutions that help oil and gas operators reduce emissions, achieve their sustainability goals and comply with regulations. In downstream oil and gas, where zero-emissions is expected and regulated, COOK CLEAN packing, which uses inert gas to create a barrier to gas leakage in gas compressors, is the industry’s leading purged packing system. In upstream gas gathering compressors operating in the United States today, an estimated 200,000 outdated packing systems are venting 200 million cubic feet of methane into the open atmosphere every day – a volume equivalent to filling two enclosed professional football stadiums. Updating to Cook Compression packing with TruTech™ materials could reduce this volume by 80%. For midstream oil and gas operators, Cook Compression Static-Pac® units ensure zero emissions during compressor stand-by. Beyond compressor packing and the ability to minimize direct emissions, Cook Compression valve solutions increase operational efficiency and reliability to reduce indirect environmental impacts by reducing compressor energy usage – which can significantly reduce CO2 emissions from the compressor and its driver.