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Summary of Updates to the How to Higg Guide (v1.2)

Facility Site Info

  • Added Facility Type definitions
  • Added Material Types guidance
  • Added Total Number of Employees guidance
  • Simplified total annual production definition
  • Clarified production units requirements
  • Clarified that operating license must be current

EMS

  • Added internationally recognized EMS framework to question 3 technical guidance
  • Template for tracking/managing local regulation/permit requirements added to question 4/5
  • Suggested upload for question 7 simplified
  • Uploads for question 10 simplified
  • Addition of “not applicable” answer option to question 10 and adjusted verification guidance
  • Suggested upload for question 12 updated

Energy

  • Question 1 clarification of supporting documentation - uploading confidential documents such as utility bills is not required.
  • Added Energy FAQ to question 1 technical guidance
  • Updated suggested upload for question 2
  • Added technical guidance for question 2 on verified data
  • Clarification that energy audit can be conducted by qualified internal or external auditor
  • Make sure to enter a negative percentage for a reduction target and a positive percentage for an increased usage target.
  • Suggested uploads for question 6
  • Suggested uploads for question 7

Water

  • Definition of recycled/reused water as process water clarified
  • Suggested uploads for question 1
  • Suggested uploads for question 4
  • Make sure to enter a negative percentage for a reduction target and a positive percentage for an increased usage target.
  • Clarification that water use is intended to mean water withdrawal in question 6

Waste

  • Added technical guidance to question 1
  • Added guidance to verification guidance to question 2
  • Added guidance to verification guidance to question 3
  • Added guidance to technical and verification guidance to question 7
  • Added guidance to technical and verification guidance to question 8
  • Added guidance to technical and verification guidance to question 9
  • Make sure to enter a negative percentage for a reduction target and a positive percentage for an increased usage target.
  • More examples of disposal methods provided in question 11
  • Added implementation plan technical guidance to question 12
  • Added guidance to evaluating a waste management contractor in question 15
  • Added zero waste standard reference to question 16
  • Adjusted question intent and added technical guidance for question 17 

Air Emissions

  • Added guidance on types of emissions in the introduction
  • Added guidance on CFCs and HCFCs in the introduction
  • Added definition to applicability air emitting sources
  • Added technical guidance to question 1
  • Added technical guidance to question 2
  • Updated “yes” and “partial yes” definitions for questions 4 and 5
  • Added technical guidance to question 4
  • Clarified that question 6 refers to boilers
  • Added technical guidance to question 7

Wastewater

  • Removed blowdown from compressors and boilers from industrial wastewater applicability
  • Clarified definition for ZLD
  • Adjusted hint for question 1
  • Adjusted suggested upload for question 2
  • Adjusted suggested upload for question 3
  • Added technical and verification guidance to question 4
  • Added option to say that facility’s sludge is not hazardous to question 8 (with upload of sludge analysis/test results to support response)
  • Added technical guidance on ZLD to question 11

Chemicals

  • Updated hints and suggested upload guidance for question 1
  • GHS equivalent directives listed in question 1 guidance
  • Suggested upload guidance for question 2 updated
  • Added technical guidance for checking ingredient labels
  • Suggested upload for question 6 updated
  • Updated partial yes response guidance for question 7
  • Updated verification guidance for question 7
  • Suggested upload for question 10 updated
  • Suggested upload for question 11 updated
  • Added technical guidance to question 12
  • Suggested upload for question 16 updated
  • Suggested upload for question 21 updated
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