Environment performance indicators



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Description: Environmental performance indicators (EPI) concern an organization’s impacts on living and non-living natural systems, including ecosystems, land, air and water. EPIs can show clearly how the

Environmental performance indicators (EPI) concern an organization’s impacts on living and non-living natural systems, including ecosystems, land, air and water. EPIs can show clearly how the organization is performing, and provide a firm basis for future targets and improvements.

The main criteria used in selecting the appropriate indicators are environmental relevance, international comparability, and applicability of the information provided by the indicator. The environmental indicators should:

The readers of the environmental report should get a clear and meaningful picture of the organization's environmental performance. To do this will involve a range of data types, including:

Absolute data - information on performance is usually collected in terms of absolute units of measurement (e.g. tonnes, cubic metres, gigajoules, etc) over a given period of time, usually per annum.
  • Trend data - data per annum presented over a number of years (e.g. total waste to landfill for each year from 1997-2000) helps show performance trends.
  • Normalized data - makes relationships between figures visible, by relating two absolute figures to each other. Examples would include cubic meters of water used per employee, kilometres traveled per liter of fuel, the proportion of recycled waste to total waste, and total CO2 emissions per unit of output.

  • A number of current initiatives recommend sets of broadly similar but not identical environmental indicators. This includes guidance from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). CSR Europe. etc. Some may be more appropriate for relatively experienced reporters – others are more basic. However, all guidelines may be used for environmental reporting.

    The European commission have published a guidance for the implementation, selection and use of environmental performance indicators with eco-management and audit scheme (EMAS) See link.

    Indicators can be divided into two broad types: indicators relevant to all organizations and indicators that apply to certain organizations.






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