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1 Industrial Footprint Project Carol Kraege Washington State Department of Ecology

2 What’s a footprint? A holistic measure of the impacts of a facility Social Economic Environmental

3 Why a footprint? The current regulatory system often frustrates progress High cost, often for small return Global and local problems persist Permits become a battlefield Priorities are driven by piecemeal laws, not environmental needs

4 With Limited Resources… Starts with Laws, Standards Traditional Regulation Compliance, and Maintenance +/- of Facilities Regulated Environmental Footprint Results: Footprint Approach Start with Footprint Measurement Hypothesis: Greater Reduction in Facility’s Overall Environmental Footprint is Possible

5 OR? If you want to reduce the footprint, which do you measure? Laws Regulations “What You Measure is What You Get”

6 Facility Reporting Project raft.htm raft.htm The Facility Reporting Project (FRP) is a multi-stakeholder initiative to develop a generally-accepted facility-level economic, environmental and social sustainability reporting framework. multi-stakeholder initiative

7 What should be measured? Economic Indicators Purchase of local goods Total payroll Taxes and subsidies Donations Local infrastructure investment

8 What should be measured? Social Indicators Labor practices and decent work –Employment –Management relations –Health and safety –Training and education –Diversity and opportunity Human Rights Society

9 What should be measured? Environmental Indicators Materials Energy Water Biodiversity and natural habitats Emissions, effluents and waste Compliance Nuisance and quality of life

10 How will we get the data? Start with data we already have Other publicly available data Data directly from facilities Use grant funding for a contractor to assist in data collection and analysis

11 How would a footprint approach work ? Collaborate with stakeholders Choose indicators Measure industry’s footprint Use the measurement to drive priorities, actions

12 How can the footprint be used? Provide a performance measurement tool for individual facilities Provide a baseline for sectors Provide a basis of comparison between facilities Assist regulatory agencies in prioritizing work Serve as a building block to a more effective regulatory framework

13 Short term goals Find out if the process of developing agreed upon indicators leads to a credible footprint Find out if footprint measurement tells us more than we knew before Find out if footprint measurement makes priority setting easier Find out if footprint measurement is sensitive enough to measure progress

14 Possible benefits for industry Public and peer recognition More flexibility to accommodate changes Reduced administrative burden in non- target areas in exchange for better-than- required performance in target areas. Increased competitiveness and viability Improved relations with stakeholders

15 Possible Benefits to Regulators Better Environmental Results Conserve valuable resources More responsive process Address issues of concern to community, workers, interest groups, etc. Make industry, community more sustainable

16 Possible Benefits to Communities Save local jobs Keep local economy strong Reduce confrontation, costly appeals Get things done

17 Stakeholder Involvement Local communities –Input regarding selection of indicators –Input regarding priorities –Education about the mill Facilities –Focus on pulp and paper industry –Pursue consensus regarding indicators –Education about community needs

18 Success Measures Credible measure Broad Robust Cost-effective Safe Transferable Informative

19 Success Measures Substantial environmental improvement Facility performance does not regress in any area Progress is measurable Good faith/partnering is essential

20 Example

21 Some Likely Concerns Current Laws & Rules won’t go away EPA won’t allow it We’ll get sued We’ll lose our ability to sue It’ll cost too much It’ll allow industry to back off on protections It’ll start a bad precedent Congress and the legislature already set policy Ecology has no business…

22 Long term possibilities Develop a single permit for air, water and waste Identify facility specific priorities –Consider community needs –Consider facility opportunities Develop incentives Pursue changes in state and federal laws to improve flexibility and performance

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