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International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management

ISSN: 0265-671X
Incorporates: International Journal of Quality Science

Online from: 1984

Subject Area: Managing Quality

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Development of an EMS planning framework for environmental management practices


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Title:Development of an EMS planning framework for environmental management practices
Author(s):Kit-Fai Pun, (Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago), Ip-Kee Hui, (Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong), Henry C.W. Lau, (Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong), Hang-Wai Law, (Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong), Winston G. Lewis, (Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago)
Citation:Kit-Fai Pun, Ip-Kee Hui, Henry C.W. Lau, Hang-Wai Law, Winston G. Lewis, (2002) "Development of an EMS planning framework for environmental management practices", International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, Vol. 19 Iss: 6, pp.688 - 709
Keywords:Environmental management strategy, Planning
Article type:Conceptual Paper
DOI:10.1108/02656710210429573 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:The increasing consciousness of sustainable development and reconciling production with ecosystem conservation have fostered the adoption and implementation of environmental management systems (EMS). This paper investigates the critical processes and factors that may affect EMS planning. Empirical findings of a recent study in Hong Kong are presented, and a five-stage EMS planning framework starting from strategy formulation to system implementation and evaluation is proposed. The framework integrates various perspectives of environmental management and strategy formulation. The paper provides organisations with a procedural guide for implementing environmental management practices. Flexible adaptation of the framework can help organisations derive potential benefits from the EMS implementation leading to sustainable competitive advantage. The framework can be modified to cater for varied business nature and operations in industry.



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