Environmental Management

Argentina: Proposed Law for Environmental Impact Assessments

Oct 10th, 2013 | By
Argentina: Proposed Law for Environmental Impact Assessments

Minimum standards governing the regulation and conduct of environmental impact assessments (EIAs) would be established by a proposed new law recently submitted to Argentina’s National House of Representatives. The draft law seeks to harmonize provincial and industry-specific legislation by setting the minimum environmental protection standards that every regulation, province, or industry must follow in order
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Adapting to Climate Change through Better Building Design

Aug 31st, 2013 | By
Adapting to Climate Change through Better Building Design

In recent years, while some debated whether climate change was real or not, preparing one’s assets for the impacts of climate change was not a priority. This attitude seemed to change with Hurricane Sandy, which struck the East Coast of the United States nearly a year ago. Many people felt that the storm was a
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Sustainability Merit Badge Unveiled by Boy Scouts

Jul 29th, 2013 | By
Sustainability Merit Badge Unveiled by Boy Scouts

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) implemented a sustainability merit badge in July 2013. The merit badge will be one of 12 required merit badges to achieve Eagle, Scouting’s highest rank. Scouts will have the option of earning the new sustainability merit badge or the existing environmental science merit badge. Merit badges demonstrate advanced skill
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Is Your Strategy on Pause?

May 5th, 2013 | By
Is Your Strategy on Pause?

Does it feel like your corporate world is on “pause,” waiting for something beyond your control to be resolved? Many companies seem to be waiting for something, unwilling to expand or contract, go forward or backward.  Which raises the question — how do you lead your EHS/Sustainability (EHS/S) program if you don’t really know what
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ISO 14001: The Dreaded Revision Process Has Started!

Mar 4th, 2013 | By
ISO 14001: The Dreaded Revision Process Has Started!

  The ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems standard has been adopted by more than 250,000 organizations globally since it was originally issued in 1996 and then revised in 2004.  General perception amongst adopters has been that it is a well written standard with enough flexibility to apply to any organization.  In fact, ISO reviewed the
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NOx Emissions Trading Scheme Repealed in the Netherlands — Global Impacts?

Jan 27th, 2013 | By
NOx Emissions Trading Scheme Repealed in the Netherlands — Global Impacts?

The once-trailblazing Dutch Nitrogen Oxides Emission Trading Scheme (NOx ETS) is to be repealed: what are the effects? In recent years, Emissions Trading Schemes have gained momentum around the world.  Hundreds upon thousands of companies have had to adapt to be able to handle the effects of more stringent regulation. The Netherlands pioneered the launch
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Saudi Arabia Releases 9 New Environmental Laws

Jan 26th, 2013 | By
Saudi Arabia Releases 9 New Environmental Laws

This article summarizes 9 new environmental laws issued by Saudi Arabia in 2012 and provides links to the legislation in English.   Background Saudi Arabia has acted with urgency to develop a comprehensive framework for measuring and monitoring activities that cause environmental degradation. Its actions include measures to ensure efficient use of natural resources, prevention
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Conflict Minerals Final Rules: What Changed?

Jan 22nd, 2013 | By
Conflict Minerals Final Rules: What Changed?

This is the second in a multi-part series of EHS Journal articles providing background and guidance on the Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals rule (DFCM). This article explains key provisions of the final rule and analyzes differences between the proposed and final rules.



Revised PM2.5 Standard Issued by USEPA

Jan 4th, 2013 | By
Revised PM2.5 Standard Issued by USEPA

In response to a court order, the U.S. EPA finalized on December 14, 2012 an update to its national air quality standards for harmful fine particle pollution (PM2.5), setting the annual health standard at 12 micrograms per cubic meter. This announcement has no effect on the existing daily standard for fine particles or the existing daily standard for coarse particles (PM10)…



Saudi Arabia: Ambient Water Quality Standards

Oct 7th, 2012 | By
Saudi Arabia: Ambient Water Quality Standards

Saudi Arabia’s Standards on Ambient Water Quality seek to establish a framework to enable sustainable management of ambient water quality; protect the water supply and natural aquatic environment; and provide a basis for the restoration of waters used for recreational, agricultural, industrial, potable, and ecological purposes within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. These Standards apply
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