A Crash Course In Benchmarking Environmental Performance Across Facilities

Why go through the effort of developing and tracking a unified environmental performance measure for different facilities and why compare across facilities? This eBook helps you develop a system for benchmarking environmental performance.

This eBook includes:

  • Introduction: why you should go through the effort of developing and tracking environmental performance
  • Develop your ratings: comparing apples to apples
  • Start weighting: assign weights based on your company’s priorities
  • Establish weighting factors: identify common weight values within the compliance component
  • Define success for each program area: a compliance component score depends on tasks and emissions limits
  • Calculate performance across all media
  • Your environmental score: putting it all together

A Crash Course in Benchmarking Environmental Performance Across Facilities is the guide that you need to get started.

Environmental performance is the most complete environmental metric for corporate and facility managers. The benefits of measuring environmental performance include:

  • Demonstrating a facility’s commitment to the environment
  • Understanding how business units compare
  • Improved insurance premium management
  • Regulatory leverage
  • Motivating and incentivizing employees
  • Contributing to a larger EHS scorecard
Meanwhile, quantifying environmental performance at an industrial facility can involve numerous criteria. Potential input
parameters to consider include:
  • Environmental discharges and emissions
  • Toxicity of pollutants
  • Sensitivity of nearby receptors
  • Area or size of the facility
  • Sustainability metrics
  • Facility complexity
  • Cost

While this partial list is daunting, companies need to use broader indicators that can account for many of these factors without creating a system that is too complex or unwieldy to use. Without a standard way to measure these factors and beyond, it will be impossible to benchmark where an organization is, create a plan for progress, or measure improvements over time. It also means that there will be no way to set up long term goals. 

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