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Title: Perspectives on environmental management in the construction industry in Ghana
Authors: Ayarkwa, J.
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: International Journal of Sustainable Development
Citation: International Journal of Sustainable Development, Volume 3, Number 9
Abstract: Although the construction industryplays a crucial role in economic development, it is a major exploiter of natural resources and a polluter of the environment. With growing concern about sustainability of human activities in the twenty-first century, the environmental performance of construction activities is drawing increasing attention the world over. This paper reports on a parallel questionnaire and face-to-face questioning survey to assess the level of awareness, attitudes and experience on environmental management in the construction industry in Ghana. Ninety-five questionnaires were administered to consultants and building and road contractors in classes D1-D2 and K1-K2 engaged in building and civil engineering works. The study showed that construction companies are aware that their activities not only cause depletion of resources, but also generate excessive waste, noise, dust and particulate matter among others. Construction companies think they already take measures such as waste reduction and materials re-use to reduce environmental impact of their construction activities. Important reasons which would make companies seek ISO 14000 Environmental Management Systems (EMS) certification were mainly those involving corporate image and economic interest. Construction companies perceived the implementation of environmental management system to be too costly, and they would adopt it if government offered some financial incentives or made implementation mandatory. The government is therefore called upon to demonstrate commitment to environmentally responsible operations by making ISO 14000 EMS mandatory in the construction industry, and as a dominant client, restrict its choice of tenderers to ISO 14000 EMS certified companies. Clients and end-users should also insist on environmentally-friendly buildings to enforce implementation of EMS in construction in Ghana Keywords: Construction, Impact, Environment, Management, Ghana
Description: This article was published by International Journal of Sustainable Development in 2010
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1278
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