Environmental Management In Organisations And Energy Dissertation Planning


Academic Paper, 2019

6 Pages, Grade: 75.00


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Table of Contents

Introduction

Benefits of Implementing ISO14001:2015

Organisational management

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Resource Wastage and Operational Efficiency

Effective Use of Water

Continuous Improvement

Conclusion

References

Introduction

The energy sector is considered as one of the leading sources of pollution. As a result, the concerned authorities and environmental agencies insist on the implementation of EMS strategies, designed to integrate environmental considerations in every organizational level (Yemen et al., 2017). This is mainly achieved through the application of ISO14001:2015, which provides guidelines on potential ways in which organisations can audit their environmental considerations. British Petroleum (BP) is among the largest operators in the oil and gas industry at the local and global platform. This organisation is ISO certified, meaning that it meets the conditions outlined in the ISO14001:2015 ordinances (British Standard Institution, 2015). The incorporation of these requirements has benefited BP in various ways and from different frontiers. The most important implications of the EMS principles have enabled the company to enhance its operational efficiency, primarily by reducing wastages and other inefficiencies.

Benefits of Implementing ISO14001:2015

Organisational management

ISO14001:2015 standards highlight the significance of understanding the organisation and its context, which promotes the ability to meet the expectations of the major stakeholders. Such an approach facilitates the effective implementation of environmental management systems (Altawell, 2014). This approach paves the way for continuous improvement of EMS. This appears as the case with BP PLC, in which the integration of ISO14001:2015 has enabled the company to optimise its workforce. For instance, this approach has helped BP to optimise its performance and enhance its productivity in the last three years. This is particularly evident through its contributions to the communities, which started at $85 million in 2014 to $114.2 million in 2018. This is a significant indicator of the value of ISO14001:2015 and enabling the company to achieve its corporate social responsibility. Such capabilities are very beneficial for enhancing the brand and reputation of BP as an international company.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

EMS standards create awareness about the environmental considerations in the planning and decision-making processes (Heryadi and Hartono, 2017). It facilitates the integration of legal and regulatory requirements with a significant aspect of developing risk-based tactical business strategies (Yemen et al., 2017). The ISO14001:2015 also allows organisations to establish environmental objectives, which includes developing a framework on how to achieve these objectives. ISO14001:2015 adherence has enabled BP PLC to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions substantially. This is evident by the commitment of the organisation to minimise the direct greenhouse gas emission.

In its direct GHC emission was at 51.4 MteCO2equivalent in 2016, but the company was able to reduce this to 48.8 MteCO2equivalent in 2018. This is a milestone development for the BP, as it enabled the company to adhere to the local and international GHC emission regulations and treaties. These gains are reflected in other metrics of the company, such as the greenhouse gas intensity as well as the GHC emissions by source. The BP company data reveals that ISO14001:2015 has enabled this organisation to meet its legal and ethical obligations in minimising environmental pollution (Ritson et al., 2018). This reflects a positive step towards accomplishing sustainable operations in BP's oil and gas operations.

Resource Wastage and Operational Efficiency

The contemporary organisational environment demonstrates the importance of achieving cost controls through the implementation of effective interventions and operations. EMS principles enable a business to control its costs by increasing the visibility of potential areas of improvements (Brady et al., 2011). It allows a company to identify key areas of control by working to achieve better energy conservation measures. These benefits are evident in BP's data, in which the company has managed to reduce the level of wastages and to increase operational effectiveness. This is particularly essential as it may have increased the level of profitability by the company. This further reveals the company's commitment to sustainable production and use of energy to minimise its energy demand.

Effective Use of Water

Water pollution is one of the leading concerns in the oil and gas sector. However, EMS facilitates the development of active tracking, evaluation, and monitoring measures, designed to improve the effectiveness of using water to reduce the risk for contamination and pollution of the near water resources (Barrow, 2006). In this case, the EMS framework has enabled BP to develop a comprehensive outline of how the company seeks to achieve water efficiency and utility in its core operations. This outline is fundamental as it enables BP to map potential ways to protect water resources. Such data could be used to establish potential areas of improvement. It also fosters the BP transparency concerning its efforts to protect and also conserve water resources (Brady et al., 2011).

Demonstrating its consumption efficiency is essential as it strengthens BP’s commitment to environmental conservations and also effective use of the water resources.

Continuous Improvement

ISO14001:2015 emphasises on the importance of performance evaluation, in an attempt to achieve continuous improvement. BP may have benefited from performance assessment, which has enabled the company to make significant improvements over the last three year. This is evident by the gradual reduction of its GHC emissions and also ways in which the company has been able to steadily improve its energy efficiency (British Standard Institution, 2015). BP has also managed to increase its contributions to society by making continuous adjustments gradually. The resulting pattern shows that ISO14001:2015 standards have facilitated BP to make ongoing improvements to its performance, in which the resulting gains are then distributed to all stakeholder in society.

Conclusion

In summary, ISO14001:2015 serves an essential role in promoting compliance with environmental requirements, from both a legal and an ethical perspective. BP has shown the various ways in which organisations in the energy sector benefit from integrating fundamental EMS principles into its core business functions. This strategy has improved BP commitment to sustainable operations, which has also enhanced its organisational performance.

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Title
Environmental Management In Organisations And Energy Dissertation Planning
Grade
75.00
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2019
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6
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V987670
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9783346386427
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English
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environmental, management, organisations, energy, dissertation, planning
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Leonard Kahungu (Author), 2019, Environmental Management In Organisations And Energy Dissertation Planning, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/987670

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