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Measurement, Monitoring and Environmental Assessment (MMEA) Research Programme: WP2 Management Systems for Environmental Efficiency (MSEE)

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Project description

The main research questions of WP2 are: 1) what makes the environmental efficiency (EE) of a product/process/service and 2) how EE is measured and indicated. To answer these research questions, this project will develop a company-specific management system (MSEE) for each participating company and to further generalize the MSEE framework for the corresponding industries. Such MSEEs will manage a large amount of process, product and environmental data that originate from different sources and have different dimensions, precision and reliability. The MSEE will enable the companies to monitor, evaluate and prove the environmental efficiency of their products, services and/or processes during the entire life cycle and consequently, to improve their environmental performance, and to minimize adverse environmental impacts of products. Optimization of use of resources, such as materials, chemicals and energy, and reduction of overall environmental load often leads to cost savings. The company-specific MSEE serves as an instrument for product/process design and business planning that is expected to provide the participant Finnish companies a competitive advantage and to improve marketing of their products depending on the needs and focus of a particular company the company may also find it profitable to create new business by exporting their case-specific MSEE solution.

WP2 combines the data generated and methods developed in other WPs, these being the key components of the MSEEs. The project will also provide the other CLEEN SRAs with knowledge and tools for developing or clarifying any methodical issues in them. In addition, the project will provide information to the Environmental Information Market Place to be developed in MMEA.

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Sirkka Koskela, Senior Researcher, Finnish Environment Institute SYKE,

Published 2013-04-24 at 16:42, updated 2014-02-05 at 12:56