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Product-Oriented Environmental Management Systems (POEMS)

Improving Sustainability and Competitiveness in the Agri-Food Chain with Innovative Environmental Management Tools

Salomone, R., Clasadonte, M.T., Proto, M., Raggi, A. (Eds.)

2013, XVII, 332 p. 34 illus.

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  • Describes POEMS, an innovative chain-focused tool for improving environmental performance of products and organizations
  • Shows how this collection of management tools can be applied individually or in combinations, depending on the objectives of the organization
  • Addresses high governmental sustainability goals, and growing consumer interest in sustainable agri-food productions

Representing the coordinated work of a research group from four different Italian University departments which conducted the Eco-Management for Food (EMAF) Project, this book offers a systematic approach for managing and improving the environmental aspects of agri-food processes and

products using Product-Oriented Environmental Management Systems (POEMS).

The European Commission's EIPRO study estimates that food alone is responsible for 17% of overall emissions of greenhouse gases, and uses 28% of natural resources. Moreover, food wastage in Europe is estimated at 90 million tonnes per year, which translates to 180 kg per person annually. The 2011 European Road Map for Resource Efficiency sets ambitious targets for agriculture by 2020: 50% reduction of waste and wastage; conservation of natural capital, biodiversity and ecosystem services; reduction of land use and improvement of soil quality; independence from fossil fuels.

The distinctive characteristic of the proposed POEMS model is its modular structure: it is composed of a collection of management tools that can be applied, individually (Integrated Management System, Life Cycle Assessment, product environmental labeling guidelines) or as combination of two or more elements, based on the specific requirements and objectives an organization aims to reach.

The contents include the analysis of the individual environmental management tools of which the POEMS model is made up, with a description of their methodological structure and the main results of their implementation in different pilot agri-food companies, in order to verify their effective functioning and to highlight the strong and weak points of the POEMS model and of its individual fundamental components.

The book is designed to help support sound sustainability decision-making, informed by scientifically-sound quantitative information.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Environmental Management Systems - Environmental Product Labelling - Integrated Management Systems - Life Cycle Assessment - Product-Oriented Environmental Management Systems

Related subjects » Business & Management for Professionals - Economics - Environmental / Development / Agricultural Economics - Environmental Management - Environmental Sciences - Sustainable Development

Table of contents 

PART I: Background and Concept


1. Innovative Environmental Management Tools For the Agri-Food Chain


PART II: Integrated Management Systems (IMS)


2. The Integration of Quality Management and Environmental Management Systems


3. A Model of Integrated Management System for Agri-Food Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)


4. The Implementation of Integrated Management System in Agri-Food SMEs


PART III -  Simplified Life Cycle Assessment (s-LCA)


5. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) For the Agri-Food Sector


6. A Model of Simplified LCA For Agri-Food SMEs


7. The Implementation of s-LCA in Agri-Food SMEs


PART IV: Environmental Labels and Declarations 


8. Environmental Labels and Declarations in the Agri-Food Sector


9. Guidelines for Environmental Labels in the Agri-Food SMEs


10. The Implementation of the Guidelines for Environmental Labels and Declarations in Agri-Food SMEs


PART V: Product-Oriented Environmental Management Systems (POEMS)


11. Product-Oriented Environmental Management Systems: Methodologies and Experiences

12. A Model of Product-Oriented Environmental Management System (POEMS) for Agri-Food SMEs


13. The Implementation of Product-Oriented Environmental Management Systems in Agri-Food SMEs

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