Towards a Seamless Connection between EIA and EMS
Edited by Anastássios Perdicoúlis, Bridget Durning and Lisa Palframan
Chapter 12: Sustainability Management Systems – Two Case Studies
Jane Scanlon, Hudson Worsley and Neil Earnshaw 12.1 12.1.1 Aim and Background Contribution to this Book This chapter links to Chapter 11, which deﬁnes sustainability in the context of delivering projects in the built environment. It also promotes the use of sustainability management systems (SMSs) across the life of a project and provides a high-level model for the development of an SMS. SMSs can ensure sustainability issues, and risks and opportunities, are meaningfully addressed during various project delivery activities. These activities include those pertaining to the design and construction phases, such as detailed design and procurement (see Chapter 11). Such activities, although critical for achieving sustainability outcomes, are often not covered by a traditional environmental management system (EMS). This chapter outlines two real-life SMSs being used in the transport sector – one by the Sydney Metro Authority (SMA) in Australia and the other by the UK Olympic Delivery Authority Transport Division (ODAT).1 It describes the key components of each SMS and how they have served to embed sustainability in various project delivery activities. This chapter also highlights how an SMS 1 The case studies formed part of PhD research conducted by the primary author between 2008–2011 at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. 195 Furthering Environmental Impact Assessment can overcome some of the inhibitors to achieving project sustainability. This chapter will be of particular interest to industry professionals who wish to drive sustainability through project delivery. Those professionals will include sustainability advisers or consultants2 and impact assessment practitioners....
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