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FW: Evaluation tool for EMS

Scott Butner asked an excellent quesiton about EMS Plus. With his
permission, I'm posting it to the list, with my response below. 
-Melissa Malkin Weber

-----Original Message-----
From: Butner, Robert S [mailto:butner@BATTELLE.ORG]
Sent: Tuesday, October 10, 2000 4:27 PM
To: 'Malkin Weber, Melissa'
Subject: RE: Evaluation tool for EMS

Thanks, Melissa -- I'll look forward to reviewing this.

I have to ask, though -- on what basis do you make the assessment of which
"components are known to promote environmental improvement?"  Everything
I've ever 
found in the research indicates that creation of an EMS has no demonstrable
relationship to a firm's environmental performance; hence it would seem that
individual components of an EMS as having these attributes would be

Perhaps better wording is "components which place an emphasis on
environmental improvement?"

Or am I missing something new in terms of studies of the impact of
implementing an EMS?

Hope all is well down there in either event!
NOTE:  My Address/Phone/Fax has CHANGED!  (effective 7/10/00)
Scott Butner (butner@battelle.org) 
Senior Research Scientist, Environmental Technology Division
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
MS K8-03
PO Box 999, Richland, WA  99352
(509)-372-4946 voice/(509)-372-4995 fax

-----Original Message-----
From: Malkin Weber, Melissa 
Sent: Wednesday, October 11, 2000 7:29 AM
To: 'Butner, Robert S'
Subject: RE: Evaluation tool for EMS

Robert, you're right that the studies haven't been done that show direct
envr. results from EMS, although I think the multistate working group on EMS
study has enough detailed data that when they get it analyzed, you might be
able to see changes in environmental performance if there are any at the
facilities they are studying. Whether you can attribute those changes to the
EMS... well, that's another story. EMS-Plus doesn't try to measure
environmental results, but it rates a users' EMS more favorably if the EMS
includes best practices like DfE, environmental accounting, or any of those
other good environmental management tools that you know and love. In doing
this, we're using the presence of best practices as an indicator that the
EMS is more likely to lead to environmental improvements, as compared to,
e.g., an EMS in which the primary focus is staying in regulatory compliance
through the use of control devices. 

thanks for the good question. if you don't mind, I'd like to post your
question & my reply to the whole list. Let me know if that's OK. 

Regards from NC

Research Triangle Institute
Pollution Prevention Program
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