Article i 'Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv' no. 1 2000, page 63-82.
English resume

Employee Participation in Environmental Activities

Learning processes in environmental teams

Børge Lorentzen og Arne Remmen

The approach to pollution prevention in industry in the late 1980s and beginning of the 1990s met criticism, because the cleaner technology projects focused too narrowly on technical solutions implemented by experts, and the same tendency was found in the standards for environmental management. The perspective of the project Employee participation in the Implementation of Cleaner Technology was to develop a more active role for employees in the environmental activities of industry. Based on practical experiences in five Danish firms within different industrial sectors the project concluded that employee participation can secure a broad focus on a change in work routines and behaviour, and can increase environmental consciousness. The employees was found to have a comprehensive understanding of environmental problems and solutions including health and safety aspects. Furthermore, the employees in the environmental teams had important knowledge and experiences that improved the environmental activities both in relation to setting up an environmental policy, targets and action plans and concerning implementing new procedures, technologies, etc.



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