Implementation of Standardised Environmental Management Systems in Swedish Local Authorities; reasons, expectations and some outcomes
2002 (English)In: Environmental Science and Policy, ISSN 1462-9011, Vol. 5, no 6, 443-448 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Environmental issues have become increasingly important in Swedish local authorities during the last decade. This has been shown as almost half of the local authorities are implementing environmental management systems (EMSs) in their organisations as a voluntary commitment to improve their environmental efforts. In the autumn 2000, a national postal survey to learn more about EMS implementation in Swedish local authorities was carried out. The purpose of this paper is to examine the reasons behind Swedish local authorities’ EMS implementation, what the local authorities expect EMS implementation to bring to their organisations, what environmentally related outcomes they have observed, and how the EMS work is co-ordinated. Although Swedish local authorities often have ambitious plans for EMS implementation, few resources are allocated for this purpose, which means, in fact, that EMS implementation is not a high priority. Our study showed that the chief reason for implementing EMSs was of organisational origin (such as bringing order to the environmental efforts), although EMS implementation is often viewed as an environmental project. This paper also discusses the problems surrounding the fact that EMSs are viewed as projects and not as continuous processes that are integrated into the organisation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2002. Vol. 5, no 6, 443-448 p.
Local authority; Environmental management system (EMS); EMAS; ISO 14001
National CategoryEngineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13595DOI: 10.1016/S1462-9011(02)00090-4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-13595DiVA: diva2:21004