Summary of Updates to the How to Higg Guide (v1.4)

Date: November 5, 2020

Summary of Updates to the How to Higg FEM Guide (v1.4)

Facility Site Info

  • Updated Facility Type
  • Updated and added more Facility processes from Dropdown
  • Added more guidance on operating days
  • Added more guidance on number of employees and How this will be verified
  • Added guidance on new volume UNITS and How this will be verified
  • Updated Question on Onsite Water treatment (previously known as Pre-treatment for freshwater)
  • Clarified on documentation required for verification on Environmental Permits

EMS

Question 3Updated reference link on Technical Guidance and Added more guidance on Technical Guidance
Question 4Updated reference link on Template for tracking/managing permits
Question 5Updated reference link on Template for tracking/managing regulations
Question 7Updated reference link on Technical Guidance

Energy

  • Revamp Unit of Measure for Electricity, Biodiesel, Solar Photovoltaic, Wind, Geothermal, Hydro, Steam (Purchased), Chilled Water
  • Added “Tracking and Reporting Energy Use in Higg FEM” to re-enforce the needs to effectively track and report energy data

 

Question 1

Simplified overall Energy sources

Added Solar Thermal and Purchased Renewables as new energy source

Updated Guidance on “Technical Guidance” and “How This Will Be Verified”

Added Dos and Don’ts when reporting energy data

Question 2

Updated Guidance on “Technical Guidance” and “How This Will Be Verified”

Added Dos and Don’ts when reporting baseline data

Question 4

Added clarity on Intent of the question by splitting question into two area (Energy Use vs. overall GHG emissions)

Updated Guidance on “target percentage”, “Technical Guidance”, and “How This Will Be Verified”

Updated table to include “Have you set a target for the source” and“Unit of Measure”

Added Dos and Don’ts when reporting energy target

NEW QuestionQuestion on setting target to reduce overall GHG emissions – Added Full Guidance
Question 6

Updated table to include identification of normalized or absolute improvement value and Percentage Change

Updated Guidance on “Technical Guidance”, and “How This Will Be Verified”

Added Dos and Don’ts when reporting energy improvement

Question 7Updated Guidance on “Technical Guidance”, and “How This Will Be Verified”
Question 8This is new question.  Added Full Guidance.

Water

  • Added “Tracking and Reporting Water Use in Higg FEM” to re-enforce the needs to effectively track and report water data

 

Question 1

Updated guidance for “What is the intent of the question?”, “Technical Guidance”, and “How This Will Be Verified”

Added Dos and Don’ts when reporting water use data

Question 2

Updated guidance for “Technical Guidance”, and “How This Will Be Verified”

Added Dos and Don’ts when reporting baseline data

Question 4

Updated guidance for “What is the intent of the question?”, “Technical Guidance”, and “How This Will Be Verified”

Added Dos and Don’ts when reporting targets data

Added example on how points are awarded

Question 6

Updated table to include Percentage Change

Updated guidance for “What is the intent of the question?”, “Technical Guidance”, and “How This Will Be Verified”

Added Dos and Don’ts when reporting improvements data

Wastewater

  • Added a categorization diagram to easily decide domestic wastewater and industrial wastewater
  • Clarified definition of Zero-Liquid Discharge (ZLD)

 

Question 1

Updated table to include additional questions on wastewater discharge points.

Updated Guidance on “Technical Guidance”, and “How This Will Be Verified”

Added Dos and Don’ts when reporting wastewater data

(NEW Question)This is new question on preventing wastewater from mixing with stormwater.  Added Full Guidance.
Question 3

Added 2 new secondary questions on “having process to contact appropriate government authorities or agencies as legally required in case of accidental discharge” and “providing training to employees regarding the backup plan”

Revised existing secondary question to add clarity on the intent of question regarding wastewater treatment handling peak or maximum capacity

(NEW Question)This is new question on asking facility to confirm no leaking or bypassing of wastewater onsite.Added Full Guidance.
Question 4Added new secondary question on “Employee training on hazardous sludge”
Question 5Added new secondary question on “Employee training on non-hazardous sludge”
Question 6

Rephrase question to add clarity on the intent of question regarding Septic treatment system

 

Added new secondary question on “Employee training on managing Septic waste”

Question 7

Enhance function to allow multi-select on reporting Wastewater Standard.

Capturing “Frequency of Sampling” in Wastewater report table.

Add new table to capture ZDHC Table 2A-N data.

Question 9

Updated scoring guidance on how to achieve Full Points

Updated Guidance on “How This Will Be Verified”

Air Emissions
  • Added “Tracking and Reporting Air Emissions in Higg FEM” to re-enforce the needs to effectively track and report air emissions data
 
Applicability Added clarification on Applicability Added a new question on “Does your facility monitor air emissions?”
Question 1 Revise question to report all air emissions from operations to fit better intent Updated table to include additional questions on air pollutant and upload emission test report if applicable Updated guidance for “What is the intent of the question?”, “Technical Guidance”, and “How This Will Be Verified” Added Dos when reporting air emissions data
Question 2 Revise question to report all air emissions from operations to fit better intent Updated table to include additional questions on air pollutant and upload emission test report if applicable Updated guidance for “What is the intent of the question?”, “Technical Guidance”, and “How This Will Be Verified” Added Dos when reporting air emissions data
Question 3 Added new secondary question on overall tracking refrigerant use and emissions Updated guidance for “What is the intent of the question?”, “Technical Guidance”, and “How This Will Be Verified” Added Dos and Don’ts when reporting refrigerant data
Question 4 Rephrase question to add clarity to emphasize the intent Added definition of emissions Updated guidance for “Technical Guidance”
Question 5 Rephrase question to add clarity to emphasize the intent Added definition of emissions Updated guidance for “What is the intent of the question?”, “Technical Guidance”
Question 7 Updated guidance for “Technical Guidance”

Waste

  • Added “Tracking and Reporting Waste Data in Higg FEM” to re-enforce the needs to effectively track and report waste data

 

Question 1

Added an overall non-hazardous waste stream tracking question.

Updated Guidance on “Technical Guidance”, and “How This Will Be Verified”

Added Dos and Don’ts when reporting waste data

Question 2

Added an overall hazardous waste stream tracking question.

Updated Guidance on “Technical Guidance”, and “How This Will Be Verified”

Question 4

Rephrase question to include hazardous waste containers.

Added 7 new requirements on hazardous waste storage area and storage containers

Question 5

Rephrase question to include non-hazardous waste containers.

Added 3 new requirements on non-hazardous waste storage area and storage containers

Question 7Added new secondary questions to capture number of employees and frequency of training provided
Question 8

Updated Guidance on “Technical Guidance”, and “How This Will Be Verified”

Added Dos and Don’ts when reporting baseline data

Question 9

Updated Guidance on “What is the intend of the question?”, “Technical Guidance”, and “How This Will Be Verified”

Added Dos and Don’ts when reporting baseline data

Question 10

Updated Guidance on “What is the intend of the question?”, “Technical Guidance”, and “How This Will Be Verified”

Added Dos and Don’ts when reporting targets data

Question 11

Updated Guidance on “What is the intend of the question?”, “Technical Guidance”, and “How This Will Be Verified”

Added Dos and Don’ts when reporting targets data

Question 13

Updated table to include Percentage Change

Updated Guidance on “What is the intend of the question?”, “Technical Guidance”, and “How This Will Be Verified”

Added Dos and Don’ts when reporting improvements data

Question 14

Updated Guidance on “What is the intend of the question?”, “Technical Guidance”, and “How This Will Be Verified”

Added Dos and Don’ts when reporting improvements data

Chemicals

  • Updated all ZDHC links to referencing the ZDHC Chemical Management System Framework – Version 1.0 (May 2020)

 

Question 1

Added clarity on type of chemicals to include relevancy of chemical manufacturing

Added more examples on chemical inventory list

Updated Guidance on “What is the intend of the question?”, “Technical Guidance”, and “How This Will Be Verified”

Question 2

Updated documentation list to be available for review during verification

Updated Guidance on “How This Will Be Verified”

Question 3

Added new secondary questions to capture number of employees and frequency of training provided

Updated Guidance on “How This Will Be Verified”

Question 4

Added new secondary questions to capture number of employees and frequency of training provided

Updated Guidance on “How This Will Be Verified”

Question 7

Updated documentation list to be available for review during verification

Updated Guidance on “Technical Guidance”, and “How This Will Be Verified”

Question 10Added new secondary questions to capture specific training topics, number of employees and frequency of training provided
Question 11

Rephrase question to fit the question intent

Added new secondary question to capture RSL failure resolution process

Update Guidance on “How This Will Be Verified” to include control of Parent or Corporate Group

Question 12

Rephrase question to fit the question intent

Update Guidance on “How This Will Be Verified” to include control of Parent or Corporate Group

Question 14Updated Guidance on “Technical Guidance”
Question 15Updated Guidance on “What is the intend of the question?”, “Technical Guidance”
Question 16

Updated documentation list to be available for review during verification

Corrected specific percentage to be able to answer Yes or Partial Yes between different applicability

Question 17Updated Guidance on “How This Will Be Verified”
Question 19Added “MFCA (Material Flow Cost Accounting” in documentation list
Question 21Updated documentation list to be available for review during verification

Higg FEM Glossary

  • Added Standard Allowed Minutes (SAM) / Standard Minutes Value (SMV)

Appendix A: Facility Preview Specific

  • A new section and feature introduced in 2020 Higg FEM.  Please note that not all facilities completing 2020 Higg FEM will have accessibility to the Facility Preview.
  • There are limited questions that are included in this section only

(See below table for details)

(EMS – NEW Question) This is new question on “enabling workers to report environmental violation”.  Added full guidance.
(Energy Q1) Added new secondary question on having “a process in place to ensure energy data accuracy and integrity”
(Water Q1) Added new secondary question on having “a process in place to ensure non-hazardous waste data accuracy and integrity”
(Waste Q2) Added new secondary question on having “a process in place to ensure hazardous waste data accuracy and integrity”
(Waste Q6) Added additional waste disposal actions on “burying and storage tank leaks” in question.  Added full guidance.

 

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