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An evaluation of current environmental management systems as indicators of environmental performance

An evaluation of current environmental management systems as indicators of environmental performance Purpose – This paper aims to evaluate current environmental management systems as indicators of the environmental performance of an organisation. Design/methodology/approach – It considers, in particular, the development of current environmental management systems BS EN ISO 14001:1996 and the eco‐management and audit scheme (EMAS) 761/2001 EEC. Findings – Currently, organisations implementing either BS EN ISO 14000:1996 or EMAS do not need to comment on overall environmental performance. Environmental management is viewed as the control of all human activities that have significant impact on the environment. Neither standard comments on the degree of control exercised, the approach taken, or the effectiveness of that control. Originality/value – Environmental performance evaluation guidelines are appraised, and quality awards as a conceptual framework for classification of environmental performance are introduced. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Management of Environmental Quality An International Journal Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2005 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1477-7835
DOI
10.1108/14777830510591642
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to evaluate current environmental management systems as indicators of the environmental performance of an organisation. Design/methodology/approach – It considers, in particular, the development of current environmental management systems BS EN ISO 14001:1996 and the eco‐management and audit scheme (EMAS) 761/2001 EEC. Findings – Currently, organisations implementing either BS EN ISO 14000:1996 or EMAS do not need to comment on overall environmental performance. Environmental management is viewed as the control of all human activities that have significant impact on the environment. Neither standard comments on the degree of control exercised, the approach taken, or the effectiveness of that control. Originality/value – Environmental performance evaluation guidelines are appraised, and quality awards as a conceptual framework for classification of environmental performance are introduced.

Journal

Management of Environmental Quality An International JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 1, 2005

Keywords: Environmental management; Pollution control; Specifications

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