Problems of the Implementation of Environmental Management System According to ISO14001 in Poland

  • Robert Pochyluk
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 55)


Environmental management systems become an significant issue among Polish enterprises. Experiences from Polish companies indicate that background of great part of problems related to their implementation are of human origin—misunderstandings, resistance to change, attitudes and inability of long-term planning. The most common problems to be met in our practice are:
  1. 1.

    lack of thoroughly performed environmental review,

  2. 2.

    improper identification of significant environmental aspects,

  3. 3.

    difficulties in delegating authority to the right people,

  4. 4.

    improper training of employees,

  5. 5.

    difficulties to communicate within an organisation,

  6. 6.

    lack of personal involvement of top management,

  7. 7.

    improper use of external consultants.


This paper aims at presenting our ideas how those problems could be solved, make the content of this paper.


environment management ISO 14001 


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  1. 1.
    Council Regulation No. 1836/93 allowing voluntary participation by companies in the industrial sector in a Community eco-management and audit scheme (EMAS).Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    ISO14001 Environmental management systems—Specification with guidance for use.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    R. Welford, Corporate Environmental Management, Earthscan Publishing 1996.Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Pochyluk
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  1. 1.Center for Environmental StudiesTechnical University of GdańskPoland

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