Product-Oriented Environmental Management Systems (POEMS)

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

  • Roberta Salomone
  • Maria Teresa Clasadonte
  • Maria Proto
  • Andrea Raggi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Background and Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Roberta Salomone, Daniela Rupo, Giuseppe Saija
      Pages 3-25
  3. Integrated Management Systems (IMS)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Maria Proto, Ornella Malandrino, Stefania Supino
      Pages 29-53
    3. Maria Proto, Ornella Malandrino, Stefania Supino
      Pages 55-87
    4. Maria Proto, Ornella Malandrino, Stefania Supino
      Pages 89-101
  4. Simplified Life Cycle Assessment (s-LCA)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Ioannis Arzoumanidis, Luigia Petti, Andrea Raggi, Alessandra Zamagni
      Pages 105-122
    3. Ioannis Arzoumanidis, Alessandra Zamagni, Andrea Raggi, Luigia Petti, Daniele Magazzeni
      Pages 123-150
    4. Ioannis Arzoumanidis, Luigia Petti, Andrea Raggi, Alessandra Zamagni
      Pages 151-173
  5. Environmental Labels and Declarations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Maria Teresa Clasadonte, Agata Lo Giudice, Agata Matarazzo
      Pages 177-201
    3. Maria Teresa Clasadonte, Agata Lo Giudice, Agata Matarazzo
      Pages 203-243
    4. Maria Teresa Clasadonte, Agata Lo Giudice, Agata Matarazzo
      Pages 245-254
  6. Product-Oriented Environmental Management Systems (POEMS)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255
    2. Roberta Salomone, Giuseppe Ioppolo, Giuseppe Saija
      Pages 257-284
    3. Roberta Salomone, Giuseppe Ioppolo, Giuseppe Saija
      Pages 285-302
    4. Roberta Salomone, Giuseppe Ioppolo, Giuseppe Saija
      Pages 303-330
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 331-332

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

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

Editors and affiliations

  • Roberta Salomone
    • 1
  • Maria Teresa Clasadonte
    • 2
  • Maria Proto
    • 3
  • Andrea Raggi
    • 4
  1. 1., Department SEAUniversity of MessinaMessinaItaly
  2. 2., Department of Economics and BusinessUniversity of CataniaCataniaItaly
  3. 3., Department of Management & Information TUniversity of SalernoFiscianoItaly
  4. 4., Department of Economic StudiesThe G. d'Annunzio UniversityPescaraItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6116-2
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-6115-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-6116-2
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