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Strategies to enhance waste minimization and energy conservation within organizations: a case study from the UK construction sector

Jones, J., Jackson, J., Tudor, T. L. and Bates, M. P. (2012) Strategies to enhance waste minimization and energy conservation within organizations: a case study from the UK construction sector. Waste Management & Research. 30(9), pp. 981-990. 0734-242X.

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Abstract: Strategies for enhancing environmental management are a key focus for the government in the UK. Using a manufacturing company from the construction sector as a case study, this paper evaluates selected interventionist techniques, including environmental teams, awareness raising and staff training to improve environmental performance. The study employed a range of methods including questionnaire surveys and audits of energy consumption and generation of waste to examine the outcomes of the selected techniques. The results suggest that initially environmental management was not a focus for either the employees or the company. However, as a result of employing the techniques, the company was able to reduce energy consumption, increase recycling rates and achieve costs savings in excess of £132 000.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Resource efficiency, sustainable waste management, energy conservation, construction sector, recycling
Subjects: T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering > TD783 Municipal refuse. Solid wastes > TD793.9 Waste minimisation
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering > TD896 Industrial and factory wastes
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences > GE300 Environmental management
Creators: Jones, Jo, Jackson, Janet, Tudor, Terry L and Bates, Margaret P
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Research Centre > China and Emerging Economies Centre
Faculties > Faculty of Arts, Science & Technology > Environmental Science
Date: September 2012
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 981-990
Journal or Publication Title: Waste Management & Research
Volume: 30
Number: 9
Language: English
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0734242X12455087
ISSN: 0734-242X
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes
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URI: http://nectar.northampton.ac.uk/id/eprint/4633

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