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Evaluation of Environmental Performance of Companies
Evaluation of Environmental Performance of Companies

Author(s): Gergely Tóth
Subject(s): Economy, Business Economy / Management, Energy and Environmental Studies, Management and complex organizations, Environmental interactions
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Keywords: environmental management; sustainable development; environmental performance evaluation;

Summary/Abstract: The paper portrays environmental performance evaluation as a novel, innovative, applicable method or group of methods, which is not free of difficulties, but ultimately leads to the right direction. Apart from the analytical explanation and evaluation of 11 EPE methods, the article systematises them, via classifying into five clusters, based on their complexity. After that a logical sequence of using the methods is sketched, this is most relevant for practical users. With the empirical research I try to go beyond passive observation to a certain extent (statistical analysis of data - GEMS-HU surveying a representative sample of 370 manufacturing enterprises). The main objective of the presented research is to spread environmental performance evaluation, maybe slightly, but actively. It strives to enhance the application of EPE through a guidebook for practitioners, training sessions, exercises and demonstration projects. This active role might be the main methodological innovation of the current research. Only one of the three demonstration projects brought real success, but I learned more from the mistakes, than from the positive results. In the last two sections, five hypotheses are formulated and verified, scrutinising the existence, implementation and usefulness of environmental performance evaluation.

  • Issue Year: 25/2003
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 383-402
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: English