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>
> APOLOGIES FOR CROSS-POSTINGS.
>
> September 13, 2000: For Immediate Release
>
> Release of EMS Database and Analysis of Baseline Data from 50 Facilities
>
> Do "environmental management systems" used by businesses and governments
to
> improve their environmental performance work in the real world? Nobody
knows
> for sure. Because widespread adoption of EMSs by industrial and
governmental
> facilities has the potential to change the nature of environmental
> regulation, the Environmental Law Institute and the University of North
> Carolina at Chapel Hill are engaged in a multi-year project to help answer
> that question through the creation of the National Database on
Environmental
> Management Systems. NDEMS includes more than 50 pilot facilities that are
> implementing EMSs. The joint ELI-UNC project is supported by the U.S.
> Environmental Protection Agency and a consortium of states known as the
> Multi-State Working Group.
>
> ELI and UNC have released the NDEMS database as well as a landmark study
that
> contains a thorough analysis of the initial baseline data from the 50
> facilities. The report, The Effects of Environmental Management Systems on
> the Environmental and Economic Performance of Facilities, covers the three
> years prior to the implementation of an EMS at each facility, including
> extensive date on each facility's past environmental performance,
compliance
> history, pollution prevention efforts, and involvement of external
interested
> parties. The facilities, including some that are implementing EMSs based
on
> the ISO 14001 international EMS standard, are located in 10 states and
> represent a variety of sizes, industries, and government agencies.
>
> "The creation of NDEMS and our research based on it are designed to answer
> the fundamental question of whether implementation of an EMS changes a
> facility's behavior in ways beyond those that are the result of standard
> environmental regulations," said Suellen Keiner, Director of ELI's Program
on
> Environmental Governance and Management. EPA's project manager for NDEMS,
Jim
> Horne of the agency's Office of Water, added: "We want the public and
other
> researchers to have access to these data so they can build upon our
analysis
> and determine for themselves the effects of EMSs."
>
> In addition to analyzing the baseline data, The Effects of Environmental
> Management Systems includes a summary of the major project mileposts and
> updated information on the demographics for the 50 pilot facilities. The
> report also describes upcoming project highlights, including preliminary
> details regarding the facilities' EMS design activities.
>
> Beyond analyzing information from the national database, the ELI-UNC
> researchers have conducted a number of site visits and in-person
interviews
> with pilot facility managers and employees. Two facilities are the subject
of
> detailed case studies in the report, and more case studies will be
published
> later this year. "The case studies are crucial to the project because they
> provide a more complete understanding of EMS implementation," said Horne.
> "The two case studies describe each facility's EMS design process,
> motivations for developing its EMS, and the perceived costs and benefits
of
> implementing an EMS."
>
> In the next phase of the NDEMS project, the ELI-UNC research team will be
> compiling data on the pilot facilities' EMS designs, as well as the
processes
> by which their EMSs are implemented. These data will be added to NDEMS,
which
> will be updated every six months so that changes over time can be analyzed
by
> the ELI- UNC team and other researchers.
>
> The database and the report are available to the public for free at
> www.eli.org/isopilots.htm. The project Web site also includes background
> information on NDEMS, including the data collection protocols.
>
> ELI is an independent research and educational organization based in
> Washington, D.C. The Institute serves the environmental professional in
> business, government, the private bar, public interest organizations,
> academia, and the press.
>
>
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