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  • What is the best means of communication (e.g. paper reports, Internet)?

  • Should a company provide benchmarking information (e.g. from other companies or industry averages) and how?

  • Are there any issues that need to be communicated about the influence on eco-efficiency performance of

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      changing technologies

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      changing markets

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      new environmental knowledge?

  • What is the environmental/human health relevance and scientific basis of the data?

  • Are there geographic issues and special concerns to be considered and communicated?

SCOPE AND LIMITATIONS

It is very important that companies provide some perspective on the scope and limitations of their indicators. Information should be provided on issues such as accuracy and pr ecision (e.g. margins of error); the degree to

which data have been aggregated; boundaries of data collection; environmental relevance; the influence of market changes that may be unrelated to changes in eco-efficiency;

the limits of comparisons; etc.. The purpose of these explanations is to ensure that users understand the natur e of the information provided.

“After we have now successfully applied this approach at one of our sites, we intend to expand it to other sites of the same business unit and finally to the entire corporation. The study team gained a lot of experience and will also be able to help other companies in the future.”

“As a company we learned that we still have many opportunities to improve our eco-efficienc , even

though we felt we already were a highly profitable and environmentally responsible business when we engaged in this pilot.”

PILOT CONCLUSIONS MEETING, NYON SWITZERLAND, MARCH 27/28, 2000

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