The advent of modern technology and the changing landscape of the world are imposing new requirements for our environment. It is understandable that companies cannot keep adapting their products and processes to the constantly changing standards, unless frozen into government regulations.
Environment is an evergreen topic for debate in today’s world. The nature is losing its sheen due to destruction caused by man-made activities. Exploding population demands more space leading to intensive deforestation. This in turn leads to soil erosion, a fall in water table and thus scarcity of water. Vehicles cause air pollution by the constant emission of poisonous fumes, and noise pollution by the raucous grunts and groans. Rainwater carries these pollutants back to earth thus spoiling the soil and water quality. The preservation of natural environment is gaining importance day by day. However the world is not ready to give up modern technology and its comforts. Hence scientists are continually redefining the standards beneficial or harmful to the environment. For example, Euro II norms have been formed to reduce pollution caused by vehicles. The use of vehicles itself is not prohibited.
Causes & Solution
Companies form processes over a period of time after lot of deliberation and not in a short span of time. The processes are used to make products for the customers. Hence it is not reasonable to expect the companies to continually change their processes and products according to the scientists’ demands. Firstly, scientists have varying opinions. Companies will find it tough to adhere to each and every recommendation. For example, one scientist may advocate the use of genetic food and the other may promote consumption of vegetables and fruits grown naturally. The companies that are manufacturing edible food items like jam, fruit juices etc. may find themselves in chaos as the consumers might have their own preferences. Reconciling the view of companies, customers and scientists will lead to chaos. The recommendations should therefore be turned into regulation to make them credible and enforceable.
It takes a lot of debate and discussion to take a decision on standards relevant to the environment for making suitable recommendations turning them into enforceable laws. Individuals cannot make laws. Government has a panel of experts that analyze the issues and definitions before making regulations. It takes people’s opinion into consideration. Hence the regulation framed finally is more tenable and fit for implementation.
Thus proper regulations should be channelized to induce change in a company’s products and process rather than left free to adopt the scientists’ continually changing recommendations for defining standards beneficial or harmful to the environment.