Aquaculture Council of Western Australia Eco-Efficiency Survey, Financial Year 2001/2002 -->
B. User Requirements, Survey Objectives, and Budget
B1 Purpose of survey
Why do you need to conduct a survey? (B1)
Note. Refers to the underlying information requirements that the survey is intended to address. For example, what problems the agency is trying to solve? What decisions need to be made? What specific policies or actions are being determined or assessed? Should detail who requires the information. Survey objectives should be included in "B2" below.
The purpose of the survey is to measure the current state of eco-efficiency in ACWA member companies.
The data from the surveys will provide valuable information that will assist industry association members to
benchmark their performance and to identify opportunities to improve eco-efficiency. The data will help ACWA plan programs to assist the industry in becoming more efficient. It will provide Government agencies with
guidance on which areas of industry need assistance in improving their environmental performance.
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How will the survey outputs meet the needs specified in B1? (B2)
Note. Should include a brief overview of the main topics the survey will cover. If applicable, provides details of any constraints including: fixed costs, fixed sample size, fixed accuracy (eg target RSEs, Confidence Intervals), etc.
The survey will establish eco-efficiency benchmarks:
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- encouraging member companies to measure their inputs (energy, water, materials) &
outputs (wastes and products), so that they can identify opportunities to improve
their eco-efficiency performance and make resource savings;
- establishing eco-efficiency benchmarks so that each business can compare its eco-efficiency
with the benchmarks for that sector;
- providing information and transparency to members on their progress with improving eco-efficiency;
- providing information to government on changes over time to the eco-efficiency performance of an industry sector, to assist with government policy-making; and
- enabling ACWA to report publicly on its members environmental activities and impacts.
The main topics covered are:
- whether the business has environmental plans and systems;
- physical quantities of energy and water used and waste products generated;
- physical quantities and financial values of products;
- whether the business has adopted eco-efficiency measures, and the outcomes.
The physical and financial data will be used to develop "eco-efficiency ratios" for the industry sector.
Eco-efficiency ratios relate the product or service value of a business or industry to its environmental
influence and can be represented as:
- Eco-efficiency = Product or Service Value;
- Environmental Influence.
where examples of product or service value include quantity of units produced or sold and $ turnover or
revenue and examples of environmental influence include raw materials, energy and water consumption,
emissions of pollutants and quantity of waste materials.
What is the timetable for the survey? (B3)
Note. Should include: testing, the date questionnaires are printed or finalised, the date data collection commences, the date data collection finishes, and when results will be available. SCH approval for the survey is to be obtained before data collection commences.
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Proposed survey distribution date:
Return date on questionnaire:
Final report from survey consultants to ACWA:
Public report available:
Please note, depending on when the survey actually is available to be sent out, members will be given a full 14 days to respond.