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Setting Objectives and Targets. EPA Regions 9 & 10 and The Federal Network for Sustainability. Objectives. After this discussion, you should be able to: Define EMS objectives and targets Give examples of each List approaches to setting objectives and targets. Overview. Definitions

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setting objectives and targets

Setting Objectives and Targets

EPA Regions 9 & 10

and

The Federal Network for Sustainability

objectives
Objectives

After this discussion, you should be able to:

  • Define EMS objectives and targets
  • Give examples of each
  • List approaches to setting objectives and targets
overview
Overview
  • Definitions
  • Examples
  • Setting Objectives and Targets
definitions
Definitions

An EMS objective is an overall goal arising from the environmental policy statement set by the organization.

An EMS target is a detailed measurable performance requirement related to the objective.

organizations shall consider
Organizations Shall Consider:
  • Legal and other requirements
  • Significant environmental aspects
  • Technological options
  • Financial, operational and business requirements
  • Views of interested parties
examples
Examples

Objective: Increase solid waste diversion

Target: Achieve a 60% diversion rate for all solid waste by the year 2005.

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Examples

Objective: Reduce energy consumption

Target: Reduce energy consumption by 25% by the year 2005 based on a 2000 calendar year baseline.

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Examples

Objective: Improve environmental compliance

Target: Reduce the number of external environmental compliance audit findings by 50% on an audit-to-audit basis.

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Examples

Objective: Reduce transportation congestion

Target: Increase the number of employee-days of mass transit use by 50% by the year 2006 based on a 2002 calendar year baseline.

Target: Purchase 25 bicycles for use within the facility by the year 2004.

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Setting Objectives and Targets
  • Start with Planning data
  • Goal setting workshop?
  • EMS Coordinator recommendations?
  • EMS Team recommendations?
  • Management Priorities?
start with planning data
Start with Planning Data
  • List of activities, products, and services
  • Aspects register
  • Significant aspects
  • Legal & other requirements
  • Any other data collected for EMS
    • Costs
    • Labor
    • Community concerns
build a comprehensive picture
Build a Comprehensive Picture
  • Prepare professional quality executive summary of data
    • (a/k/a baseline, benchmark, footprint)
  • Include:
    • agency policy
    • community concerns
    • management priorities
    • cost data
    • future missions of facility or agency
goal setting workshop
Advantages:

Encourages “buy in”

Raises awareness

Opportunity for training

Views of interested parties can be identified

Sets very ambitious goals

Disadvantages:

Expensive

Raises expectations

Time consuming

Sets very ambitious goals

Goal Setting Workshop
ems coordinator recommendations
Advantages:

Inexpensive

Not time consuming

Easy for EMS Coordinator

EMS Coordinator Recommendations

Disadvantages:

  • Doesn’t encourage “buy-in”
  • Requires senior manager support and outreach to org.
  • Limited by knowledge of EMS coordinator
  • Views of interested parties may be missed
ems team
Advantages:

Encourages “buy in”

Raises awareness for group

Opportunity for training

More resources for roll-out

EMS Team

Disadvantages:

  • Still requires roll-out
  • Requires senior management buy-in
  • May miss views of interested parties
management priorities
Advantages:

Starts with management “buy in”

Inexpensive

Encourages awareness

Management Priorities

Disadvantages:

  • May require “translation” into reality
  • May not go far enough
  • May not have “buy in” from all personnel
  • May miss views of interested parties
summary
Summary
  • Goal setting is key to moving EMS forward
  • Start with existing EMS policy, significant E. aspects/impacts
  • Encourage buy-in of all stakeholders
  • Aim high!