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

Jo Jones, Janet Jackson, Terry L Tudor, Margaret P Bates

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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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalWaste Management & Research
Volume30
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2012

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Keywords

  • Resource efficiency
  • construction sector
  • energy conservation
  • recycling
  • sustainable waste management

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