Development of an environmental management system, with emphasis on its application in commercial buildings in Hong Kong

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Development of an environmental management system, with emphasis on its application in commercial buildings in Hong Kong

 

Author: Li, Wai-loi Alexander
Title: Development of an environmental management system, with emphasis on its application in commercial buildings in Hong Kong
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 1999
Subject: Facility management -- Environmental aspects -- China -- Hong Kong
Environmental management -- China -- Hong Kong
Commercial buildings -- Environmental aspects -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Dept. of Building Services Engineering
Pages: xvi, 140 leaves : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1502995
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/3852
Abstract: An Environmental Management System (EMS) allows an organization to address environmental issues in a cost-effective and planned manner, and to give priority to prevention as well as rectification. An EMS is a formalized set of procedures, which aims to guide an organization on how to control its impacts on the environment. There are numerous potential benefits associated with the successive implementation of EMS. Whilst it will protect the environment globally and locally, environmental issues can also be addressed before they become a problem. It provides a "Green" corporate image and a highly visible marketing tool to attract tenants. Other benefits of implementing an EMS include possible reduction in insurance premises and minimize waste and pollution control costs. With reference to ISO 14000, an EMS has been developed. The emphasis of the development was on its application in commercial buildings in Hong Kong although it might also be applied else where, with appropriate modifications. Following the framework of the EMS developed, a case study on applying the EMS to a commercial building in Cityplaza was undertaken. The case-study included a site audit of the energy consumption of the electrical and mechanical systems of the building; a review of the management of air emissions, discharge of effluents, storage and disposal of wastes, spills and noise nuisance. In addition, top management was interviewed with respect to company policy, environmental responsibilities, tenant awareness and participation, and environmental programmes etc.

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