A study of the implementation of ISO 14001 environmental management systems in Hong Kong

K. Y. Chan, Xiangdong Li

Research output: Journal article publicationJournal articleAcademic researchpeer-review

36 Citations (Scopus)


The ISO 14001 environmental management system (EMS) standard has been adopted in many parts of the world. In order to evaluate current implementation in Hong Kong, a questionnaire survey was conducted of more than 200 local companies. ISO 14001 EMS adoption is still slow in Hong Kong, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The majority of SMEs do not have plans to implement the standard in the near future. However, the EMS standard has brought many advantages to the local ISO 14001 EMS certified companies, including the reduction of operating costs and the improvement of working efficiency. Recommendations are made for EMS standard implementation in local organizations, particularly SMEs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)589-601
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Environmental Planning and Management
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 3 Nov 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

Cite this