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Higg Index

Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM) Version 3.0

The Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM) is a sustainability assessment tool that standardizes how facilities measure and evaluate their environmental performance, year over year.

The Higg FEM is designed to:

  • Measure and quantify the sustainability impacts of a facility
  • Reduce redundancy in measuring and reporting sustainability performance
  • Drive business value through reducing risk and uncovering efficiencies
  • Create a common language and system to communicate sustainability to stakeholders

The Higg FEM Measures:

  1. Environmental Management Systems

  2. Energy / GHG

  3. Water Use

  4. Wastewater

  5. Air Emissions

  6. Waste

  7. Chemicals Management

 

 Higg FEM Consists of three sections:

  1. Continuous Improvement Sections:
  • Know your sources
  • Know major drivers of use
  • Baseline your performance
  • Set targets and action plan
  • Demonstrate reductions
  • Demonstrate leading practice
  1. Pollutant Limits
  • Know your sources and volumes
  • Know quality of pollutants (permit/standard)
  • Control quality / take specific actions
  • Demonstrate leading practice (best available
  • equipment, aspirational standard)
  1. Management Sections
  • Have right staff in place
  • Adhere to the rules (regulations, laws, brand requirements)
  • Have long-term, holistic strategies and action plans in place
  • Take specific management actions (e.g., storage, handling, maintain equipment, etc.)
  • Demonstrate leading practice (e.g., engage upstream and with community, innovation, deep traceability)

 

The Higg Environmental Management System (EMS) section requires you to:

  • Identify staff responsible for coordinating environmental management activities and ensure technical competence
  • Identify significant environmental impacts associated with current operations
  • Set a long-term environmental management strategy
  • Develop a system to ensure compliance with all laws, regulations, standards, codes and other legislative and regulatory requirements
  • Continuously maintain all factory equipment
  • Engage facility leadership and workers on environmental strategy and performance
  • Engage with subcontractors and upstream suppliers on environmental performance using the Higg Index
  • Engage with local stakeholders on environmental performance improvements
  • Mostly Yes/No questions
  • Some “Partial Yes” answer options in this section (guidance in the question hint and How to Higg guide)
  • Some supporting documentation uploads are required for answering “Yes” or “Partial Yes” to a question – required uploads will be marked with:

 

The Higg Energy and GHG section requires you to:

  • Track all energy and fuel sources and report quantity used in the last calendar year
  • Identify which factors contribute most to energy use on site (e.g., machines, processes, or operations that use the most energy)
  • Set a normalized baseline for energy use, such as “80 MJ per unit of production in 2016”
  • Set normalized targets for energy reduction, such as “Reduce energy used per unit of production by 70% in 2020.”
  • Set an action plan with specific actions and strategies to achieve energy reduction targets
  • Demonstrate energy reductions against the baseline, such as “Last year we used 60 MJ per unit of production which is a 25% annual reduction.”

 

The Higg Water section requires you to:

  • Track all water sources and report quantity used in the last calendar year
  • Identify which factors require the most water use on site (e.g., machines, processes, or operations that use the most water)
  • Set a normalized baseline for water use, such as “20 cubic meters per unit of production in 2016”
  • Set normalized targets for water reduction, such as “Reduce water used per unit of production by 70% in 2020”
  • Set an action plan with specific actions and strategies to achieve water reduction targets
  • Demonstrate water reductions against the baseline such as “Last year we used 15 cubic meters per unit of production which is a 25% annual reduction.”

 

The Higg Waste section requires you to:

  • Track all hazardous and non-hazardous waste streams
  • Report the volume generated and disposal method for all waste streams
  • Segregate, properly store, and train workers to handle all hazardous and non-hazardous waste streams
  • Forbid open burning and dumping of waste on-site and properly control any onsite incineration
  • Set normalized baselines for waste generated (e.g., generated 20 kgs of domestic waste per production unit in 2016) and disposal methods (e.g., landfilled 80% of domestic waste in 2016)
  • Set normalized targets for waste reductions and improvements to disposal methods
  • Set an action plan with specific actions and strategies to achieve waste reduction targets
  • Demonstrate waste reductions against the baseline such as “Last year we generated 16 kgs of domestic waste per unit of production which is a 20% annual reduction since 2016.”
  • Leading practice: Divert at least 90 percent of all discarded materials from landfills, incinerators and the environment
  • Leading practice: Upcycle waste by transforming waste materials into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.

 

The Higg Wastewater section requires you to:

  • Track quantity of wastewater generated from industrial and/or domestic operations (not applicable for factories with only domestic wastewater)
  • Report all wastewater quality parameters that were found to not meet permits or industry standard(s), such as the ZDHC Wastewater Guideline, in the most recent quality test
  • Report name and quality results from the offsite wastewater treatment plant (if applicable)
  • Describe backup process if regular treatment fails (if applicable)
  • Ensure proper sludge disposal (if applicable)
  • Report whether your site reuses and/or recycles process wastewater as process water (if applicable)

 

The Higg Air Emissions section requires you to:

  • Track quantity of emissions from facility operations and refrigeration
  • If you use refrigerants on-site you will be asked to specify which refrigerants are used. These refrigerants will factor into your GHG emission calculations.
  • Track quantity of emissions from production processes
  • List control devices / abatement processes and monitoring frequency for operating and refrigeration emissions.
  • List control devices / abatement processes and monitoring frequency for production emissions.
  • Specify achievements of advanced performance in Nitrogen Oxides (NOx), Sulfur Oxides (SOx) and Particulate Matter (PM)
  • Specify whether your facility has a process for modernizing equipment to improve air emissions.

 

The chemicals management section will ask about basic and advanced practices in the following areas:

  • Chemicals management policies, compliance procedures, and commitments
  • Employee training and communication
  • Chemical procurement and purchasing practices
  • Chemical handling, use, and storage practices
  • Chemical inventory management
  • Emergency Response Plan (ERP), accidents and spills remediation plan
  • Product quality and integrity
  • Chemicals and process innovation

 

Implementation Plan

No Improvement action Section Description Findings/problems before taking actions Description of proposed actions Implementation responsible baseline consumption/use Improvement action starting date Target reduction % potential savings opportunity Implementation dates Current status Comments and remarks
1 EXAMPLE: Change to batch-rinsing to use water more efficiently in the dyeing process Water use Using batch-rinsing instead of continous flow washes uses less water. Enter description of current problems or opportunities to improve Enter detailed description of actions required to achieve this change Factory manager John Wang x m3/meter dd/mm/yy x% $/€/¥ dd/mm/yy  – Non implemented
– In progress (specify % of progress)
– Implemented
 

 

The Higg Environmental Management System (EMS) section requires you to:

  1. পরিবেশগত ব্যবস্থাপনা কার্যক্রম সমন্বয়কারী এবং প্রযুক্তিগত দক্ষতা নিশ্চিত করার জন্য দায়িত্বশীল কর্মীদের চিহ্নিত করুন
  2. বর্তমান কর্মের সাথে সম্পর্কিত গুরুত্বপূর্ণ পরিবেশগত প্রভাবগুলি চিহ্নিত করুন
  3. একটি দীর্ঘমেয়াদী পরিবেশগত ব্যবস্থাপনা কৌশল নির্ধারণ করুন
  4. সমস্ত আইন, প্রবিধান, মান, কোড এবং অন্যান্য বিধিবদ্ধ এবং নিয়ন্ত্রক প্রয়োজনীয়তা অবিচ্ছিন্নভাবে সব কারখানা সরঞ্জাম বজায় রাখা
  5. পরিবেশগত কৌশল এবং কর্মক্ষমতায় কারখানার নেতৃত্ব এবং শ্রমিকদের সম্পৃক্ত করুন
  6. Higg Index ব্যবহার করে পরিবেশগত কর্মক্ষমতা subcontractors এবং Upstream সরবরাহকারী সঙ্গে সম্পৃক্ত করুন
  7. পরিবেশ কর্মক্ষমতা উন্নতিতে স্থানীয় লোকদের সম্পৃক্ত করুন
  8. বেশিরভাগ হ্যাঁ / কোন প্রশ্ন নেই
  9. এই বিভাগে কিছু “আংশিক হ্যাঁ” উত্তর বিকল্পগুলি (প্রশ্নোত্তরে নির্দেশিকা এবং কীভাবে Higg গাইড)
  10. কিছু প্রশ্নের জন্য “হ্যাঁ” বা “আংশিক হ্যাঁ” উত্তর দেওয়ার জন্য প্রয়োজনীয় কিছু আপলোড করা প্রয়োজন – প্রয়োজনীয় আপলোড সঙ্গে চিহ্নিত করা হবে

 


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