Managing indirect environmental impact within local authorities' standardized environmental management systems
2007 (English)In: Local Environment, ISSN 1354-9839 (print) 1469-6711 (online), Vol. 12, no 1, 73-86 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Many local authorities use standardized environmental management systems (EMSs) to improve their environmental management. These authorities often find it difficult to manage environmental impact caused by their exercise of authority i.e. indirect environmental impact (IEI) within their EMSs. Since this is connected to their core activities, it is important to understand how IEI could be more efficiently managed with respect to EMS work. The purpose for this paper is to study if and how IEI could be managed within the framework of EMS. In this study we have identified two different approaches to managing IEI. Because managing IEI is complex, it is often ignored when initiating EMSs or managed by explicitly avoid mentioning the concept. Managing IEI is seen as a matter of maturity within the organization. The paper concludes with a discussion regarding a developed definition of IEI and how management of IEI could be facilitated.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 12, no 1, 73-86 p.
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13598DOI: 10.1080/13549830601098271OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-13598DiVA: diva2:21007