Environmental Management and Waste Management: Principles and Applications

Environmental Management and Waste Management: Principles and Applications

Kijpokin Kasemsap (Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Thailand)
Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 24
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2036-8.ch002
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Abstract

This chapter indicates the advanced issues of environmental management; Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and life cycle costing; waste management, environmental sustainability, and environmental benefits; Solid Waste Management (SWM); electronic waste management; construction waste management; and the importance of Municipal Solid Waste Management (MSWM). Environmental management is a systematic strategy that companies can apply to find the different ways for saving water, energy, and materials, and for reducing the negative environmental impacts. Environmental management aims to prevent pollution, preserve natural resources, and reduce environmental risks toward creating an environmentally-friendly image with different stakeholders. Effective waste management method reduces the consumption of natural resources and lowers the ultimate needs for waste disposal. The chapter argues that enhancing environmental management and waste management has the potential to increase environmental performance toward environmental sustainability.
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Consumers and stakeholders have rising concerns over product quality and environmental issues (Lo, 2013). Regarding environmental management, many organizations across the globe significantly think green and strive for sustainable results (Mochal & Krasnoff, 2014). The adoption of all types of environmental management systems is associated with the improved environmental performance in an international setting (Darnall & Kim, 2012). Competitive motivations and environmental management commitment are the important factors explaining why firms incorporate the environmental issues into their strategic planning process (Fraj-Andrés, Martínez-Salinas, & Matute-Vallejo, 2009). Considering the implications of EU environmental laws, such as REACH (registration, evaluation, authorization, and restriction of chemicals), EuP (directive on eco-design of energy-using products), and RoHS (restrictions of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment) Directive, they have been acquired to advance green supply chain management (An, 2008).

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