Potential benefits of combining environmental management tools in a local authority context
2004 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, ISSN 1464-3332, Vol. 6, no 2, 131-151 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Today, there are many environmental management tools available to support integration of environmental perspectives in decision-making processes. However, a single tool is seldom the answer to all queries. This paper shows potential benefits of using a combination of different environmental management tools in a local authority context. Three environmental management tools used in Swedish local authorities are examined - Substance Flow Analyses (SFA), Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), and Environmental Management Systems (EMSs) - from mainly a theoretical point-of-view. The tools are positioned according to their key characteristics, and their individual contribution to environmental management in local authorities is explored. For the local authorities, a combination of tools allows decision-makers to integrate experience from individual projects to overall environmental management, which helps decision-makers to deal with some of the challenges that different environmental management situations require.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 6, no 2, 131-151 p.
Environmental management, Environmental management systems, Integration, Local authorities, Strategic environmental assessment, Substance flow analysis
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-76193DOI: 10.1142/S1464333204001663OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-76193DiVA: diva2:490961
QC 201203052012-02-062012-02-062012-03-05Bibliographically approved