Environmental management in ethanol and sugarcane plants in Brazil

Ribeiro, S. and Jabbour, C.J.C. (2012) Environmental management in ethanol and sugarcane plants in Brazil. International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology, 19 (1). pp. 54-66. ISSN 1350-4509

Full content URL: http://doi.org/10.1080/13504509.2011.590542

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There has been much discussion on the importance of Brazilian ethanol in promoting a more sustainable society. However, there is a lack of analysis of whether sugarcane plants/factories that produce this ethanol are environmentally suitable. Thus, the objective of this study was to analyse stages of environmental management at four Brazilian ethanol-producing plants, examining the management practices adopted and the factors behind this adoption. The results indicate that (1) only one of the four plants is in the environmentally proactive stage; (2) all plants are adopting operational and organisational environmental management practices; (3) all plants have problems in communicating environmental management practices; and (4) the plant with the most advanced environmental management makes intense use of communication practices and is strongly oriented towards a more environmentally aware international market. This paper is an attempt to explain the complex relationship between the evolution of environmental management, environmental practices and motivation using a framework. The implications for society, plant directors and scholars are described, as well as the study's limitations. © 2012 Taylor & Francis.

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Keywords:environmental management, ethanol, management practice, market system, nature-society relations, sugar cane, sustainable development, Brazil
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:39815
Deposited On:22 Jan 2020 09:58

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