Industry and the environment
A benchmark survey of environmental management in NSW industry
This study was commissioned by the Environment Protection Authority New South Wales (the EPA) to examine 'current levels of environmental management in NSW industry and the factors affecting the adoption and effectiveness of environmental management practices'. The project was designed to generate information which could be used to 'inform and guide EPA programs and initiatives and promote a wider consideration in industry and the broader community of strategies for promoting environmental management'.
About this publication
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The purposes of the study were to:
- provide information about environmental management practices in a representative crosssection of NSW industry
- explain these findings in terms of such factors as the characteristics of particular industries, the context for environmental management and appropriate models and theories
- provide information relevant to planning, implementing and evaluating EPA policies, programs and initiatives
- provide information which may be of use to industry, industry associations, other government agencies, local government and to community-based organisations
- provide benchmark data which can be used to track the adoption of environmental management practices
- promote discussion and wider awareness of industry's role in environmental protection
- identify opportunities and constraints to the adoption of environmental management practices in NSW industry.
The research design which was agreed between the EPA and the consultants included an initial qualitative research stage (involving interviews and group discussions with a range of industry representatives and other people with relevant knowledge or experience), followed by a sample survey of 500 New South Wales enterprises. The consultants also studied a number of relevant texts, reports, academic articles and other material drawn to their attention by the EPA.
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