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Best practice environmental management : an assessment of implementation in Tasmanian industry


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Chundara, Virasack 2000 , 'Best practice environmental management : an assessment of implementation in Tasmanian industry', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The universal acceptance of the need for improved environmental
management in all sectors of society has witnessed a plethora of approaches to
achieve such ends. Central to the concerns over the continuing degradation of
the environment has been the practice of industry and, in order for industry to
reduce its impact on the environment, it is increasingly being required to accept
and implement the concept of 'Best Practice Environmental Management'
The concept of BPEM focuses on three general principles. The first is the
need for improved technology in both internal manufacturing and external effluent
treatment processes. Such improvements may involve the introduction of best
available technology or modifications to existing technology. The second principle
consists of achieving consistently improved environmental performance through
the improved management of industrial activities. This is largely achieved through
the introduction of efficient and effective Environmental Management Systems
(EMS). Best Practice Environmental Regulation (BPER) comprises the third
principle which involves the identification of practices that have produced
outcomes consistent with enhanced environmental performance and improved
This thesis assesses the level of acceptance and implementation of the
concept of BPEM by using two of Tasmania's major industrial plants, Fletcher
Challenge's pulp and paper mill and Pasminco — EZ's electrolytic zinc processing
facility. Two definitions of the concept of BPEM are used for this assessment,
one from Tasmania's resource management legislation, the other from the
Australian Manufacturing Council. Assessment of these two industrial complexes shows that management's
acceptance and implementation of the principles of BPEM, as defined in the
Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994, has been
substantial, and that significant improvements in environmental management
have been achieved. The assessment also shows that these improvements have coincided with the introduction of appropriate legislation. Conversely, it is
impossible, from the data generated by the case studies, to assess the
compliance of these two industrial facilities with the definition of BPEM used by
the Australian Manufacturing Council. Furthermore, given the absence of
prescription and capacity for interpretation allowed by the AMC definition, it may
be argued that rather than a definition, the definition is merely a pointer towards
the general direction of BPEM.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Chundara, Virasack
Keywords: Environmental management, Industries, Nature conservation
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Thesis (M.Env.Mgt)--University of Tasmania, 2000. Includes bibliographical references

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