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Environmental Management System Frameworks in the Oil Industry: Structure, design and content

Radmilovic, Sonja LU (2013) In IIIEE Master thesis IMEN56 20131
The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics
Abstract
This paper addresses the Environmental Management System (EMS) frameworks among the
twenty-five biggest oil companies in the world. An Environmental Management System is a
framework which can be used by companies to structurally control and manage their
environmental aspects and impacts. Specifically in this study, focus is put on the content and
structural set-up of EMS frameworks. The study looks at the current design and set-up of
EMS frameworks and further builds upon a previous study to look at the development over
time in order to imply future directions of EMS framework set-up and design. A wide case
study approach was taken in order to gather the required data necessary to generate
representative figures and results.... (More)
This paper addresses the Environmental Management System (EMS) frameworks among the
twenty-five biggest oil companies in the world. An Environmental Management System is a
framework which can be used by companies to structurally control and manage their
environmental aspects and impacts. Specifically in this study, focus is put on the content and
structural set-up of EMS frameworks. The study looks at the current design and set-up of
EMS frameworks and further builds upon a previous study to look at the development over
time in order to imply future directions of EMS framework set-up and design. A wide case
study approach was taken in order to gather the required data necessary to generate
representative figures and results. Company websites, reports and articles were the main
sources of data. A comparative analysis was conducted where data from an earlier study was
compared to the findings of this study in order to visualize changes over time and predict
trends. Some really interesting results emerged from the analysis. The EMS standard „ISO
14001‟ is by far the most used, but certification on corporate level is sparse. However, it is
much more common that subsidiaries and specific operations are certified. Also, about half of
the companies disclose their environmental policy, and eighty percent of the companies do
not disclose environmental targets. Further, results indicate that Codes of Conduct are being
more frequently referenced in the environmental reports but however; that environmental
policies are being more frequently excluded from the same. There are also indications pointing
towards higher priority of environmental reports when it comes to the size of scope and
number of pages. The study concludes that EMS is widely adopted in the oil industry and that
there is an emergence of four distinct sets of integrated management system structure
components. (Less)
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author
Radmilovic, Sonja LU
supervisor
organization
course
IMEN56 20131
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
publication/series
IIIEE Master thesis
report number
2013:09
ISSN
1401-9191
language
English
id
4196381
date added to LUP
2013-12-17 14:52:08
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2013-12-17 14:52:08
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  abstract     = {This paper addresses the Environmental Management System (EMS) frameworks among the
twenty-five biggest oil companies in the world. An Environmental Management System is a
framework which can be used by companies to structurally control and manage their
environmental aspects and impacts. Specifically in this study, focus is put on the content and
structural set-up of EMS frameworks. The study looks at the current design and set-up of
EMS frameworks and further builds upon a previous study to look at the development over
time in order to imply future directions of EMS framework set-up and design. A wide case
study approach was taken in order to gather the required data necessary to generate
representative figures and results. Company websites, reports and articles were the main
sources of data. A comparative analysis was conducted where data from an earlier study was
compared to the findings of this study in order to visualize changes over time and predict
trends. Some really interesting results emerged from the analysis. The EMS standard „ISO
14001‟ is by far the most used, but certification on corporate level is sparse. However, it is
much more common that subsidiaries and specific operations are certified. Also, about half of
the companies disclose their environmental policy, and eighty percent of the companies do
not disclose environmental targets. Further, results indicate that Codes of Conduct are being
more frequently referenced in the environmental reports but however; that environmental
policies are being more frequently excluded from the same. There are also indications pointing
towards higher priority of environmental reports when it comes to the size of scope and
number of pages. The study concludes that EMS is widely adopted in the oil industry and that
there is an emergence of four distinct sets of integrated management system structure
components.},
  author       = {Radmilovic, Sonja},
  issn         = {1401-9191},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {IIIEE Master thesis},
  title        = {Environmental Management System Frameworks in the Oil Industry: Structure, design and content},
  year         = {2013},
}