Strategy for steering environmental work within SCA
The aim of this strategy is to show how
to work with a company’s environmental policy and create usable indicators in
order to be able to steer the environmental work towards the goal of the policy.
The strategy is based on experiences from the
project IMPRESS , where SCA Personal Care, which is one of the business areas of
SCA, took active part.
This strategy aims at supporting the extraction and definition of
environmental condition indicators from the environmental policy. This is a step
in a methodology that started to develop in the CPM project
environmental management work”. After the finalisation of that project, the
extraction step needed some further development to be performed in practice,
which is an important part of the management of environmental information.
Hence, the IMPRESS sub-project “Environmental management at site and group
level” was started to continue this work.
In that project the focus has been on creating indicators that fulfil the
environmental policy of a company. Indicators can be of different types, named
in different ways and by different organisations. An example is the indicators
found in the ISO 14031 standard. The indicators addressed by ISO 14031 are to be
used when evaluating the environmental performance of organisations, but in the
RAVEL project1 it was found that the indicators also can be used to evaluate
environmental performance of e.g. product or process systems as well2.
A pre-requisite for using this strategy is that the company has an environmental
policy and an
ambition to improve the handling of the environmental information and the
possibilities to steer the environmental work of the company. The primary target
group is persons working with environmental information management, e.g.
environmental coordinators and people working in environmental departments.
1 Ander, A., Deflou, J., Dewulf, W., et al,
Integrating Eco-efficiency in Rail Vehicle Design, Leuven University Press, 2001
2 Carlson, R., Environmental Performance
Indicators, Industrial Environmental Informatics, Chalmers University of
Technology, Published July 2002 Issue of Insight