Light-Weight Composite Environmental Performance Indicators (LWC-EPI) Concept

  • Naoum JamousEmail author
  • Frederik Kramer
  • Gamal Kassem
  • Jorge Marx Gómez
  • Reiner Dumke
Part of the Environmental Science and Engineering book series (ESE, volume 3)


Rapid environmental change requires a widely changing attitude starting from individuals over corporations to governments. A closer and more critical review of current environmental policies is needed. Corporate environmental management information systems (CEMIS) can play a major role to change attitudes by providing information that enables users to assess the current environmental impact of their processes and operations. One important question with regard to this is whether an organisation is complying with regulations. If the organisation is not complying with regulations the gap must be identified. Focusing on the growing environmental awareness and the needs of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) we shed light on the information provisioning role of CEMIS as well as on the environmental impact of SME operations as a whole. The main objective of our work is to provide a dashboard information system to control and monitor the organizations environmental performance indicators (EPI). This shall lead to a reduced gap between the estimated and current values of company’s environment impact on an almost daily basis. In this chapter we will focus on explaining the concept of Light-Weight Composite Environmental Performance Indicators (LWC-EPI), providing clear terms and definitions and presenting technologies which can be used to implement it.


Corporate Environmental Management Information Systems (CEMIS) Environmental Management Information Systems (EMIS) Environmental Performance Indicator (EPI) Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) 


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Part of this research has been funded under the EC 7th Framework Program, in the context of the OEPI project (748735). The authors thank for the support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Naoum Jamous
    • 1
    Email author
  • Frederik Kramer
    • 1
  • Gamal Kassem
    • 2
  • Jorge Marx Gómez
    • 3
  • Reiner Dumke
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Technical and Business Information SystemsOtto-von-Guericke-UniversityOVGU Magdeburg Germany
  2. 2.Department of Computer SciencesOtto-von-Guericke-UniversityOVGU MagdeburgGermany
  3. 3.Department of Computer SciencesCarl von Ossietzky UniversityOLD OldenburgGermany

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