Case Study: Implementation of ISO 14000 Environmental Management System

The increasing global consciousness in environmental protection, government policies and regulations, and pressures from consumers and interest groups have led to the development of environmental management systems (EMSs). An EMS provides companies with a systematic approach to address environmental protection and to utilise their resources for achieving strategic environmental goals. Chapter 2.1 of this case study presents some widely used EMSs. The major components of the most recognised EMS framework in the world, ISO 14001 standard, are discussed in Chapter 2.2. There are several issues related to the implementation of ISO 14000 EMS in companies; as presented in Chapter 2.3, these include: reasons and critical success factors for implementation, costs and benefits of ISO certification, impediments of the standard, and its possible integration with other management standards. First hand information regarding these issues has been obtained from a case study, which is summarised in Chapter 2.4. The worldwide diffusion of ISO 14000 is discussed in Chapter 2.5 together with some influencing factors. Finally, concluding remarks are given in Chapter 3.
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Continual improvement, Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), Environment, Environmental Management System (EMS), Environmental impact, Environmental management, Environmental policy, ISO 14001, Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) Cycle, Sustainability

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AuthorsGunawardena, Niranjan
Publisher:Wilfried Hesser,
First published / Last update: 2006 / 2010
Courses:University program level: Master and Bachelor degree; further education material (self studying material) for experts from industry and policy makers China Jiliang University, Hangzhou, PR of China Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg, Germany Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia National Economics University, Hanoi, Vietnam University of Moratuwa Katubedda, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka Inklaar Consultants, Hamburg, Germany