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The influence of ISO 14001 certification on industrial waste generation: the case of Swedish manufacturing firms
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4274-828X
2012 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Adoption of environmental management systems (EMS) and ISO 14001-certification of those systems constitutes one of the most important elements of sustainable industry management in recent years. Research on EMS is rather extensive, but with few exceptions, studies of the influence of EMS are relying heavily on firm representatives’ perceived benefits. Moreover, previous studies tend to focus on the systems impact on firms’ overall environmental performance, not identifying differences in different environmental aspects. This study aims to contribute knowledge about the influence of certified EMS on industrial waste generation based on objective industrial waste data derived from mandatory annual environmental reports. The study focuses on changes in waste generation over a period of 12 years and includes both ISO 14001-certified firms (66 firms) and non-certified firms (50 firms). Consideration is given to the improvement efforts in the firms before EMS adoption. Analysis has been carried out using statistical methods, for example t-test, for three different industrial waste parameters: hazardous waste, waste to landfill and the total amounts of waste. The results indicate that a certified EMS has a positive impact on hazardous waste reduction. No effect has been found regarding waste to landfill or the total amounts of waste.

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2012.
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Environmental Management
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Environmental Management
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-37873Local ID: c0a229cd-bd09-4c9d-b907-385a96680bc8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-37873DiVA: diva2:1011371
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Greening of Industry Network Conference : Support your future today! Turning environmental challenges into business opportunities 21/10/2012 - 24/10/2012
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Godkänd; 2012; 20141212 (thomasz)Available from: 2016-10-03 Created: 2016-10-03 Last updated: 2017-01-19Bibliographically approved

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