How green is green? A framework for environmental performance assessment in operations

Nunes, Breno and Bennett, David (2007). How green is green? A framework for environmental performance assessment in operations. IN: POMS : Production & Operation Management Society. Gupta, Sushil (ed.) UNSPECIFIED.


This paper presents a framework based upon a relationship between environmental benefits and the investments and costs needed to implement and run company operations. As the results of environmental management become more evident it is proposed that the benefits rather than the environmental impacts are measured in the analysis of environmental performance. Four categories, or stages, are defined in this paper: “creative-green”, “expensive-green”, “inefficient-green or beginner”, and finally, the “complacent” stage. The paper describes the characteristics of each category and provides examples of indicators that could be used to measure environmental benefits. Qualitative and quantitative methods are necessary to classify companies according to the framework. It is believed that this paper can assist companies and public organisations to assess operations and projects considering their level of sustainability. The proposed framework can impact FDI and environmental policies in the public arena, and foster innovation on environmental practices within the private sector.

Divisions: Aston Business School
Aston Business School > Operations & Information Management
Event Title: 18th annual conference of the Production and Operation Management Society
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 2007-05-04 - 2007-05-07
Uncontrolled Keywords: environmental management,operations management,sustainability,environmental performance
Full Text Link: http://www.poms ... es/007-0312.pdf
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Published Date: 2007
Authors: Nunes, Breno ( 0000-0001-8892-2728)
Bennett, David ( 0000-0003-1480-8652)

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