EMS Implementation Barriers and Possible Improvement Methods

  • 郭 博信

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Environmental Management System (EMS) has emerged as one of the recent methods for companies to achieve sustainable development Studies have identified the barriers and benefits for implementing an EMS as well as the evaluation of an EMS environmental performance But they seldom provide concrete suggestions or measures to improve the overall performance of an EMS This research investigated the EMS implementation barriers and possible improvement methods It selected ten manufacturing and ten construction journal papers to study the implementation of EMS The implementation barriers identified in the twenty studies vary in number and type depending on the research objectives and methodology carried out A total of 37 barriers were identified from the manufacturing papers such as lack of manager’s understanding and 39 barriers identified from construction such as lack of human resources The EMS implementation barriers were categorized into resources stakeholders management and documentation The manufacturing shows resources (12) stakeholders (12) and management (11) have close numbers of barriers The construction shows resources (17) has the highest number of barriers and stakeholders (11) and management (9) follow This more barriers in resources means the construction implements EMS in an early stage compared with manufacturing which has moved to overcome the “management” barriers more Nine EM practices and methods were selected from the twenty papers and EMS case studies to overcome the implementation barriers and enhance the environmental performance of an organization This thesis provided a better understanding of EMS implementation in the construction industry by reviewing journal papers and case studies Further on this content can be useful for the development of new studies regarding EMS implementation
Date of Award2017 Aug 10
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorAndrew S. Chang (Supervisor)

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