Projects

EMS for SMEs

Title
EMS for SMEs
Ref./Contract no
LIFE02ENV/FIN/00032
Programme
LIFE
Duration
24 months
Coordinator
Helsinki University of Technology - Finland
Partners
Bitblit Oy - Finland                                                                                                             
Finnish Trucking Association SKAL at Nuijamiestentie - Finland
Adene – Agência para a energia, at Estrada de Alfragide - Portugal                               
Geonardo Ltd - Hungary
Summary

There is a need for solutions that facilitate decision-making, understanding of environmental management, and evaluation of environmental performance. The business case for improved environmental performance in SMEs can be demonstrated when an industry-specific, easy, and cost-efficient solution is provided. Our case study concerned the improvement of environmental performance of small and medium sized transportation companies. The aim was to develop a web-based tool that enables the user to calculate the environmental impact of her/his activities. There is also an opportunity to simulate a change and the corresponding environmental performance improvements and costs. The tool met the requirements of EMAS and ISO 14001, including a training application.