A Guide to Corporate Environmental Performance Reporting - Appendix 2
Quality Objectives (AQOs)
Objectives set for seven main air pollutants (sulphur dioxide, total suspended
particulates, respirable suspended particulates, nitrogen dioxide, carbon
monoxide, photochemical oxidants and lead) listed in the Air Pollution
Oxygen Demand (BOD)
A measure of the pollution potential of effluents as measured by the amount
of oxygen consumed when micro-organisms oxidize a given amount of the
substances in the effluent. A lower BOD measurement signifies a lower
Process of enhancing the environmental management system of an organization
to achieve improvements in its overall environmental performance so as
to be in line with the organization's environmental policy.
Element of an organization's activities, programmes and policy that can
interact with the environment.
A systematic and documented verification process of objectively obtaining
and evaluating evidence to determine whether an organization's environmental
management system conforms to the audit criteria set by the organization,
and for communication of the results of this process to management.
Organizations and groups established with the principal aim to defend
the interest of the environment. Examples of environmental groups in Hong
Kong are the Conservancy Association, Friends of the Earth, Green Power,
Green Lantau Association, the Hong Kong Marine Conservation Society and
World Wide Fund for Nature Hong Kong.
Any change to the environment, whether adverse or beneficial, wholly or
partially resulting from an organization's policy, activities, services
The part of the overall management system that includes organizational
structure, planning activities, responsibilities, practices, procedures,
processes and resources for developing, implementing, achieving, reviewing
and maintaining the environmental policy.
Overall environmental goal, arising from the environmental policy, that
an organization sets itself to achieve, and which is quantified wherever
Measurable results of an environmental management system, relate to an
organization's control on its environmental aspects, based on its environmental
Statement by the organization of its intentions and principles in relation
to its overall environmental performance which provides a framework for
action and for the setting of its environmental objectives and targets.
Detailed performance requirement, quantified wherever practicable, applicable
to the organization or parts thereof, that arises from the environmental
objectives and that needs to be set and met in order to achieve those
Individual or group concerned with or affected by the environmental performance
of an organization.
Use of processes, practices, materials or products that avoid, reduce
or control pollution, which may include recycling, treatment, process
changes, control mechanisms, efficient use of resources and material substitution.
The World Commission on Environment and Development describes sustainable
development as "development that meets the needs of the present without
compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
Organic Compounds (VOCs)
Substances such as gasoline and many hydrocarbons which evaporate at room
temperature. VOCs react in the presence of sunlight to form smog.