Successful Environmental Management


This summary has been compiled from Chapter 10 of the book Successful Environmental Management (Enviro Éire 1997). In order to provide a good mix for the summary different aspects of each Case Study have been taken. The information is in no way representative of the information in the book which is much more detailed. The objective is this synopsis and detailed information in the book is to alert readers to issues on the environmental, good environmental management practices and systems within best-in-class organisations.


Intel’s needs little introduction. It is the world's most successful computer chip company commanding an enviable 80% market share. It's name is synonymous with computing and communication systems world-wide.

Design of the EMS

The design of the system was broken into two distinct areas. Operationally the system was driven by the site Environmental Policy and list of prioritised or significant environmental effects.

Operational Design

Administrative Design

Administratively the EMS was based on the Intel Ireland safety organisational structure. Strategic direction for the site is set by site Environmental Ops group. This is the group who are ultimately responsible for the EMS. Management review of the system is undertaken periodically by the Environmental Ops. The aims and objectives of Environmental Ops are :

Once per year, Environmental Self Assessment is completed by the Environmental Ops group. The procedure is similar to Safety Self Assessment, the self assessment criteria are the administrative and operational elements of an EMS as laid down by ISO 14001 EMS. The process allows the site management team to review progress against environmental objectives and targets on an annual basis as well as the effectiveness of the EMS itself.

The next level of the management structure is the EMS core-team. The team is composed of cross site personnel who represent their areas. They were key in the design, implementation and certification of the EMS to ISO 14001 at Intel Ireland. Their responsibilities are to work with the Environmental Engineer in the development of annual goals and objectives and to work those goals and objectives in their areas.

Day to day operational work takes place at the sub group level, whereas EMS updates are covered at the quarterly core-team meeting. The goal of the core-team and the sub groups are to put environmental effects into operational control. This is achieved through environmental audits, awareness training and environmental pass downs and presentations. They ensure that the environmental content of their specs, procedures and programmes are appropriate to the EMS. They are the backbone of the EMS.


Where possible the requirements of the EMS were to be built into existing processes or were to be designed in such a way that they could be merged with an existing system at a later date. For example, the Ireland Environmental Management Incident (EMI) system, which is used to investigate an environmental incident or environmental SBI (Safety Bulletin Incident) has exactly the same structure as the SBI programme.

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