A SWOT analysis of environmental management practices in Greek Mining and Mineral Industry

Department of Environmental Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, 67100 Xanthi, Greece; Department of Environment, University of the Aegean, 81100 Mytilini, Greece
Resources Policy (Impact Factor: 2.14). 09/2010; DOI: 10.1016/j.resourpol.2010.02.002

ABSTRACT Over the last two decades, mining and mineral exploration companies have adopted various environmental management practices in response to society’s pressure for better environmental protection. The literature highlights a number of benefits and challenges for companies adopting environmental management practices with the Greek Mining and Mineral Industry (GMMI) facing similar issues. In order to analyze the challenges faced by the GMMI, a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis was conducted, which examined the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats faced by the industry when adopting environmental management practices. The analysis prescribes policy recommendations both for the government and industry which, if adopted, could facilitate improved environmental performance.

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