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Characterisation of environmental policy implementation in an EMS context: a multiple-case study in Sweden
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4274-828X
2008 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 16, no 1, p. 37-50Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The heart of an environmental management system is the implementation of environmental policy in an organisation by the use of environmental aspects, goals and management programmes. The aim of this paper is to characterise this implementation and discuss how it could be improved. In order to achieve the objective of the paper a multiple-case study was performed in ISO 14001-certified or EMAS-registered organisations in Sweden. It is concluded that the implementation of environmental policy is strictly controlled by specifications in ISO 14001 or EMAS. Some organisations, mostly smaller, are forced to form their environmental policy implementation in a way that is not suited for their type of organisation. Many organisations find it hard to measure their environmental goals and to set long-term or medium-long-term time periods for their goals. In addition, the organisations do not involve their employees to a very great extent in the implementation of the environmental policy. If they do let middle managers and line personnel to participate, it is usually early in the process, as early as in the identification of environmental aspects.

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2008. Vol. 16, no 1, p. 37-50
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-10780DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2006.06.009ISI: 000250465800005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-34548840558Local ID: 9a437990-a193-11dc-ac39-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-10780DiVA, id: diva2:983727
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