Industrial Environmental Performance Metrics: Challenges and by National Academy of Engineering and National Research

By National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council, Committee on Industrial Environmental Performance Metrics

Industrial Environmental functionality Metrics is a corporate-focused research that brings readability and practicality to the advanced problems with environmental metrics in undefined. The publication examines the metrics implications to companies as their obligations extend past the manufacturing unit gate--upstream to providers and downstream to services and products. It examines implications that come up from larger call for for comparison of metrics between companies through the funding group and environmental curiosity teams. the debate over what sustainable improvement skill for companies is additionally addressed.

Industrial Environmental functionality Metrics identifies the main worthwhile metrics in line with case reviews from 4 industries--automotive, chemical, electronics, and pulp and paper--and contains particular company examples. It includes pursuits and proposals for private and non-private quarter gamers attracted to encouraging the wider use of metrics to enhance commercial environmental functionality and people attracted to addressing the cruel problems with prioritization, weighting of metrics for significant comparison, and the long term metrics wishes provided by way of sustainable development.

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Html 42 INDUSTRIAL ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE METRICS BOX 2-4 Continued 10. How significantly do the following hinder the incorporation of environmental factors in your evaluation? 7 a Except for questions 4, 5, and 9, data represent mean responses, where impor- tance was ranked on a scale of 1 (least important) to 5 (most important). CFOs were asked 16 questions and analysts 20. The wording of some questions was slightly different in the two surveys. SOURCE: Gentry and Fernandez (1996). ronmental factors into decision making (question 10).

Unfortunately, this law has had the unintended consequence of encouraging some industrial and commercial developers to seek contaminant-free “greenfields” rather than use existing developed areas. Beyond the insurance and lending sectors, there are indications that the investment community is now beginning to take some interest in the environmental performance of companies. , 1995; Hart and Ahuja, 1996). Still, many within the investment community remain unconvinced. The United Nations Development Programme recently produced a working paper (Gentry and Fernandez, 1996) containing results from a survey of selected Fortune 500 chief financial officers (CFOs) and securities analysts.

Html 30 INDUSTRIAL ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE METRICS • • • making operational decisions, making management decisions, and assessing the condition of the (external) environment. Operational Metrics Operational metrics generally measure potential environmental burden in terms of inputs and outputs of materials and energy (Box 2-1). Operational metrics can sometimes be thought of as describing a rough “mass balance” for an industrial activity. Ditz and Ranganathan (1997) developed a classification system that separates operational metrics into four subcategories.

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