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

Department of Environment, University of the Aegean, 81100 Mytilini, Greece
Resources Policy (Impact Factor: 2.14). 09/2010; 35(3):226-234. DOI: 10.1016/j.resourpol.2010.02.002


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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    • "Environmental complexities of mining industries have drawn the attention of researchers. So, several studies were conducted on GSCM issues including investigation of challenges to cleaner production implementation in American mines (Hilson, 2000), analysis of barriers of environmental management system in mines in Greece (Nikolaou and Evangelinos, 2010), development of eco-efficiency framework for Australian mines (Berkel, 2007), investigation of benefits and challenges of implementation of environmental management programs in Tanzanian mining industries (Mutagwaba, 2006), exploration of key mega trends and potential challenges of environmental sustainability in mining industries of Australia (Mudd, 2010) and Catalonia (Vintró et al., 2014). In an Indian mining context, studies on GSCM issues are limited . "
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