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Environmental Audits

AUTHOR: Jim Jones
DATE: August 1992

The third in the series of Perspectives from IEA Coal Research presents the facts on environmental audits clearly and concisely in 22 pages.

Environmental auditing is a generic process which may be applied in virtually every industry, including those associated with coal production and use.

The report describes:

  • the various types of environmental auditing;
  • the origins of environmental auditing in the USA to the involvement of the International Chamber of Commerce and the United Nations;
  • developments in the European Community;
  • the British Standard on environmental management systems--the world's first;
  • the experience of some larger multi-national organisations which have carried out environmental audits.

In conclusion, the position regarding environmental auditing in specific countries is described and expected developments are discussed.