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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014, Article ID 596958, 18 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/596958
Review Article

Integrating Energy and Environmental Management in Wood Furniture Industry

Faculty of Engineering, University of Kragujevac, Sestre Janjić 6, 34000 Kragujevac, Serbia

Received 21 August 2013; Accepted 22 October 2013; Published 21 January 2014

Academic Editors: H. Aras, B. Esteves, S. Kalligeros, and N. Usta

Copyright © 2014 Dušan Gordić et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

As energy costs continue to rise, industrial plants (even those of energy nonintensive industries such as furniture industry) need effective way to reduce the amount of energy they consume. Besides, there are a number of economic and environmental reasons why a company should consider environmental management initiatives. This paper provides a detailed guideline for implementing joint energy and environmental management system in wood furniture industrial company. It covers in detail all essential aspects of the system: initial system assessment, organization, policy development, energy and environmental auditing, action plan development, system promotion, checking system performance, and management review.