Environmental Assessment of Electronics Companies

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Supervisor:
Hajdu István
Department of Electronics Technology

Electronics companies have an impact on the environment at many stages during production. In my thesis I intend to offer an alternative way for small and medium size electronics companies to measure their environmental performance in the framework of an evaluation method and I propose a way to improve the different environmental factors based on the achieved results. My intention with this evaluation method is to help small and medium size electronics companies to meet the major environmental challenges of our age and to be able to gradually improve their environmental performance. For the development of the evaluation method I studied the ISO 14000 international standards, the recommendations of EMAS, the evaluation method of Greenpeace and the ecological foot print calculation method.

The first part of my thesis addresses sustainable growth and reviews the aspirations of the EU’s energy policy and the impact of the emission of greenhouse gases. Then I follow with reviewing the environmentally focused control systems and their possible applications in the controls systems of companies. Finally I review the ecological footprint and bio capacity calculation methods.

I examined the environmental impact of the electronics industry through the guide to greener electronics of Greenpeace. The most important thoughts and objectives of the guide are the significant reduction of greenhouse gas emission, supplying the required energy from renewable sources, manufacturing appliances and equipments without the use of hazardous materials and the verification of the supply chain from environment protection point of view.

The evaluation method which I propose in my thesis scores 14 connections of the companies to the environment where the scores are adjusted by a weight system. The sum of the weighted scores represents a complex environmental performance score. The achieved results of the different areas and their relations to each other are illustrated in a structured position diagram.

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