environmental measurement Articles

  • Corporate sustainability: A guide to measuring and improving energy efficiencies

    As environmental scrutiny of global industries continues to grow, governments are seeking to impose energy efficiency targets on companies in order to comply with new directives. One solution is to encourage energy suppliers to become energy service companies, who work with customers to identify potential savings and share the benefits this delivers. For the global food processing industry, this ...


    By TOMRA Sorting GmbH.

  • Measurement Uncertainty in Environmental Noise Measurement

    Any measurement is meaningless without an uncertainty or tolerance associated with it. All measured numbers contain errors, and as such have an associated uncertainty. Disturbing as it is to an engineer, it is actually not possible to measure anything exactly. One definition of uncertainty is “A parameter, associated with the result of a measurement that characterizes the dispersion of the ...

  • Measuring Corporate Environmental Performance

    Our findings suggest a need for explicit environmental performance standards in order to provide stakeholders with more reliable, consistent, and accurate information for comparing firms and making key strategic decisions. Hypothesis: In order to provide meaningful, accurate and comparable environmental performance data to decision-makers who rely on such information, the accounting profession ...


  • The quality of the measurements in the environmental field

    Over recent years in various ways errors in environmental measurements have been criticised and large amounts of money wasted. It therefore becomes ever more necessary to increase the culture of the rigorous experimental measurement and handling of data. This is particularly important in fields such as our environment and our cultural heritage so closely connected to our life and our ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Measuring corporate environmental footprint

    Nuno DaSilva, Managing Director of PE Americas, reveals the best methodologies for measuring an organization’s environmental impact. Frequently I get asked for guidance on the best methods for measuring an organization's environmental footprint. Questions tend to be about 'should measurement be based strictly on collecting emissions and energy use data from operational and facility sites?' How ...


    By thinkstep

  • Measuring Energy and Environmental Success: Metrics!

    February 22, 2011 I recently attended a local environmental conference and a senior manager from a local company gave a stirring talk about the recent investments and upgrades made at her facility to improve sustainability and energy efficiency, including upgrading their boilers and other “roll up your sleeves” strategies. She mentioned that her company noticed significant reductions ...


  • Environmental sustainability: issues of definition and measurement

    Operationalisation of the concept of sustainable development requires the formulation of sustainability indicators and of techniques to assess scores on such indicators. A flexible approach is proposed, which incorporates several normative issues (including intergenerational welfare and substitution of manufactured capital for natural capital) and leads to a choice of location-specific ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Impacts of voluntary agri-environmental measures on Austria's agriculture

    With about 78% of farms in the Agri-Environmental Programme (AEP), Austria has one of the highest participation rates in the European Union. The programme reflects a key concern in Austrian agricultural policy, which is to reconcile agricultural production, environmental protection, social cohesion and rural development. This paper reviews the changes in agricultural policy leading up to the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Measurement and analysis of environmental amenities in Beijing, China

    Based on both international and domestic studies, this research has formulated a comprehensive and applicable index system of environmental amenities measurements for Beijing. The index system has been used to calculate the environmental amenities indices from 2000 to 2004 and grey relational analysis as well as a Grey model (1,1) are used in the analysis of the trend in changing environmental ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Environmental measurements at Monte Cimone GAW station

    Continuous atmospheric CO 2 measurements performed by IAFMC at Mt. Cimone Observatory in the period 1980–2009 were analysed in order to select data representing background concentrations. A filtering technique was used to smooth background data and to separate the annual cycle from the long-term increase. The average growth rate of CO 2 was found to be 1.708 ± 0.003 ppm/year, while annual ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Political Measures for Strategic Environmental Policy with External Effects

    This paper investigates an environmental policy designed to reduce the emission of pollutants under uncertainty, with the agent problem as an optimal stopping problem. We first analyze the two cases in which there are one agent and two competing agents by following Ohyama and Tsujimura (2005). When we consider a model of strategic agents, we need to analyze the external economic effect that is ...


    By Springer

  • Optimus green – environmental noise measurement case study

    With the experience of over 35 years in land development, The Banks Group continues to develop land throughout England and Scotland for a variety of uses including surface coalmines, onshore wind farms, commercial and residential property schemes and sustainable wastemanagement facilities.With the aim of being one of the UK’smost successful land developers, it comes as no surprise that the ...


    By Cirrus Environmental

  • PUMA to measure the environmental impact of its operations

    Leading sports brand expects new reporting method will measure the carbon footprint of its supply chain. PUMA is to publish an environmental profit and loss (EP&L) statement in an attempt to more accurately measure the success of its green initiatives. As recently announced by luxury brand group PPR that owns the sports and lifestyle firm, supply chain analyst Trucost will be in charge of ...


    By Vital Efficienci Ltd.

  • Effects of environmental measures on the sustainability indicators health and quality

    Introduction Sustainability has three dimensions: the economic, the ecological and the social dimension. “One-dimensional” policies in a company need to be integrated so as to take into account the many aspects of human life. This may be complicated since the dimensions are mutually related. Along with all kinds of synergies, the implementation of an ecological corporate ...

  • Mitigating the effect of weather on environmental noise measurements

    Many factors play a part when creating a reliable environmental noise assessment. This paper provides a practical look at the effect of weather conditions on sound levels to raise awareness of the importance of meteorology in noise measurements. It references requirements for measuring meteorology in BS-4142:2014 and compares them to legislation from other countries. It also covers how variations ...

  • Noise Measurement

    Definitions Threshold and criterion levels The threshold level is the A-weighted sound level at which a personal noise dosimeter begins to integrate noise into a measured exposure. For example, if the threshold level on a sound level meter is set at 80 decibels (dB), it will capture and integrate into the computation of dose all noise in the employee's hearing zone that equals or exceeds 80 dB. ...


  • Measuring solid waste eco-efficiency performance through environmental accounting

    Planning and implementation of eco-efficient practices require different information measured both in financial and non-financial units. Indeed, eco-efficiency strategies, by definition, require this type of information to simultaneously confirm the reduction of the total amount of solid waste production and the improvement in organizations' added value. However, current solid waste accounting ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A new approach based on polynomial functions for measuring the acute toxicity of environmental samples

    In this paper, a new mathematical approach for the estimation of acute toxicity in environmental samples is proposed. The concentration of pollutant or the amount of sample producing the inhibition of 50% of the living organisms used for the test (EC50) is determined by means of Polynomial Functions (PF) applied to the experimental x (concentration of pollutant) and y (concentration or number of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • `Measure Environmental Performance,` published in Pollution Engineering, August 2002

    Measuring Environmental Performance In a corporate climate that embraces the adage that “what matters gets measured,” the ability tomeasure and evaluate environmental performance allows environmental staff to demonstrate thevalue of its programs and gain equal footing with other business objectives. The process ofmeasuring environmental performance entails developing goals, ...


    By Trinity Consultants

  • Continuity, Credibility and Comparability: Key challenges for corporate environmental performance measurement and communication

    Introduction & Background Aim and scope of the report This report, aimed at both individual companies and organisations representing company stakeholders and policy-makers, summarises current trends, problems and developments in the areas of Environmental Performance Indicators (EPIs); Environmental Reporting; Environmental Performance Ranking; and their interconnections as a contribution to ...

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