The Benefits of Integrated Environmental Data Management - a Waste Industry and Regulator Perspective

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This paper presents the benefits of using integrated data management software to improve the efficiency of waste operations, and the flow of information between operators, regulators and any other stakeholders such as local communities. Further benefits such as automatic reporting of key performance indicators, carbon emissions and benchmarking companies are also discussed.

Waste management companies including landfill and incinerator operations are under increasing pressure to monitor operational and environmental impact processes. Significant cost savings can be realised by automating and consolidating these activities. Professional data management is a source of competitive advantage as well as a tool to demonstrate compliance with regulations. Examples of methods used by waste companies to optimise data collection, analysis and reporting using an integrated data management tool are presented.

Regulators are tasked with monitoring environmental compliance for a wide range of industries as well as communicating with central government and local communities. Issues of concern include landfill monitoring, air quality, and process activities, groundwater quality impact etc..

Case histories will be presented showing how both operators and local authorities in Britain benefited from moving from traditional spreadsheet-based solutions to an integrated data management system. Benefits included saving time (and money), improved decision-making and focussing effort on main areas of need. A review of selected value-adding tools such as automatic carbon emission reports based on industrial and waste process data such as fuel useage, and fast delivery of reports over the web will also be presented.

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