environmental benchmarking Articles

  • Environmental benchmarks vs. ecological benchmarks for assessment and monitoring in Canada: Is there a difference?

    Environmental benchmarks are widely used in Canadian environmental assessment as a standard against which to monitor air or water quality in response to human activities in the environment. Recent work in Canada has developed the concept of ecological benchmarks as a complement to environmental benchmarks. However, implementation of ecological benchmarks may be challenging. This paper presents an ...


    By Springer

  • Organizational Design: Benchmarking

    This "Environmental Leadership" column is the second installment in a two-part series based on the most recent research by CEI. The study focuses primarily on organizational design and dealing with the aftermath of reorganization, which is a critical period for any EHS/S department. The first installment examined published literature. This second part summarizes the feedback gained from ...

  • Model Benchmarks For Coastal Lagoons

    To promote reliable, real-time management of coastal lagoons, increasingly sophisticated numerical models have been developed within the DITTY project (WP4). While models are diverse in design and scope, i.e. watershed, fluid-dynamics, biogeochemical, all have the same fundamental goal, i.e. to account realistically for the processes that drive the dynamic behaviour in coastal lagoons so that ...


  • A NAIADE based approach for sustainability benchmarking

    Sustainability management and planning is mainly a social decision process about the desired future of a given city, region or country. A possible reduction of the unavoidable complexity, present in this type of problems, consists in considering explicitly non-equivalent representations which arise in the interaction between the various observer subjects and the different systemic levels ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Dynamic virtual infrastructure benchmarking: DynaVIBe

    In environmental engineering, identification of problems and their solutions as well as the identification of the relevant processes involved is often done by means of case study analyses. By researching the operation of urban drainage and water distribution systems, this methodology is suited to evaluate new technologies, strategies or measures with regard to their impact on the overall ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • A Benchmark Study of EMIS Performance and Effectiveness

    This article presents some of the results and conclusions drawn from a recent online, inter-industry survey of companies using EMIS tools to manage their environmental, health, and safety data. INTRODUCTION The final quarter of the 20th century saw two major changes that greatly affected industry: the advent of environmental, health, and safety (EH&S) awareness, and the computing ...


    By E2 ManageTech

  • Size matters - But benchmark ratios do not when rightsizing environmental departments

    Recently, I received a call from a corporate vice president of environment, health, and safety (EH&S), who asked, "Do you have any data on staffing levels as a function of size? In my 16 years of corporate consulting, no other question has been so often run by me. Over my career, I have seen organizations hopelessly understaffed and on a rare occasion, even spectacularly overstaffed. The ...

  • Corporate Social Responsability Benchmark Study: Report Summary

    In the context of an ever-changing, globally connected society, businesses face new and different risks in providing goods and services. A new trend for multi-national corporations is to establish corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs to address these risks and move towards opportunity with greater transparency than ever before. For nearly a decade, Environmental Resource Services (ERS) ...


    By ERS Global

  • 2005 Benchmark Survey of Corporate Sustainability Reporting in Canada

    Gravimetric and chemical treatment with land-farm application discharge had significant design shortcomings during routine process upsets, becoming under-sized as production increased, or as heavy rainfall resulted in uncontrolled storm runoff of the wastewater. API O/W/S technology certainly can’t be expected to be deployed effectively for remote oil and gas fields or offshore sites produced ...


    By Stratos Inc.

  • Paving the Way for Corporate Benchmarking in the Waste Sector

    Most of the major players in the waste industry have begun publishing environmental performance data using a set of indicators developed in a ground-breaking initiative with the Green Alliance. Companies are clear that there are internal and external benefits to be gained from the exercise, but opinion is divided over whether the indicators can be used to compare companies' performance. ...

  • Benchmarking adaptive reuse: a case study of Georgia

    Holistic construction approaches are needed to move from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified new buildings to adaptive reuse of existing buildings. Adaptive reuse is an opportunity to recycle and manage the deconstruction process in a more responsible manner with focus towards the new occupancy requirements. The objective of this paper is to benchmark the architectural ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A Benchmark Study of Current Practices and Tools for Sustainability

    Corporate social responsibility reporting is similar in concept to environment, health, and safety (EH&S) reporting, but with a broadened emphasis on social matters, such as ethical labor practices; training, education, and diversity of workforce; and corporate philanthropic initiatives. The terms “corporate social responsibility” and “sustainability” are used interchangeably by companies on ...


    By Coto Consulting, Inc.

  • Benchmarking: How does your building stack up?

    Energy benchmarking can help you better understand your commercial property’s energy use and monitor performance over time. It allows for comparisons among similar building types and helps identify which ones could operate more efficiently. The Environmental Protection Agency and its ENERGY STAR® Program offers a free online tool called Portfolio Manager that allows users to track and ...


    By Energy Efficiency Markets

  • Green business among certified companies in Malaysia towards environmental sustainability: benchmarking on the drivers, initiatives and outcomes

    In recent years, environmental issues become more intense and widespread. This calls for considering the issues of sustainable development in business operations. This paper utilised interviews with three organisations to identify green initiatives adopted in Malaysia, their drivers and outcomes. Analysis of the interviews indicates that the most adopted green initiatives in Malaysia are ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Benchmark selection impact and uncertainty in emission reductions for selected case study projects

    The efficiency of Joint Implementation (JI) and the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) can be seriously harmed as investors and hosts of JI/CDM investments are trying to maximise emission reduction credits. The easiest way to invoke gaming in emission reductions is the selection of an overestimated baseline and credit "non-real" emission reductions. The baseline which is inherently a ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Benchmarking platforms: why more knowledge means more leverage

    Greater plant owner demand for high speed computing and benchmarking data analysis platforms will cause rapid development of power upgrade packages and create a basis for further OEM innovation. High speed computing is making a major difference in wind data analysis. Today, major advances in time series and spatial analysis as well as the wake models used to estimate losses are possible because ...

  • A method for deriving water‐quality benchmarks using field data

    The authors describe a methodology that characterizes effects to individual genera observed in the field and estimate the concentration at which 5% of genera are adversely affected. Ionic strength, measured as specific conductance, is used to illustrate the methodology. Assuming some resilience in the population, 95% of the genera are afforded protection. The authors selected an unambiguous ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Benchmarking air emissions of the 100 largest electric power producers in the US

    This report examines and compares the air pollutant emissions of the 100 largest power producers in the US based on 2006 plant ownership and emissions data. Table ES.1 lists the 100 largest power producers featured in this report ranked by their total electricity generation from fossil fuel, nuclear, and renewable energy facilities. These producers include public and private entities ...


    By Ceres

  • Passive treatment system helps boatyard meet stormwater benchmarks

    Untitled Document When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) threatened to put shipyards in the Coos Bay Estuary on the National Priorities List of hazardous waste sites, the Charleston ...


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