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In addition, a reduction in the quantity of gas consumed or generating as much electricity as possible from a given quantity of gas can lead to a reduction in greenhouse gases emissions which means an improvement in the companys environmental performance.

A case study method, which involves an Australian cogeneration company, is adopted because this would provide valuable indepth practical insight into the operations and mechanisms of a company that is involved in combined heat and power generation.

A review of the literature and the evidence collected indicated that a cogeneration plants efficiency can be improved at least back to near the plants designed efficiency. And, further improvements may be achieved by utilizing the latest technology although this involves capital investment. It is also established that an improvement in plant efficiency can reduce greenhouse gases emissions.

This research then concludes that Environmental Management Accounting can help the case study company improve its financial and environmental performances. An Environmental Management Accounting system can provide the physical information that is not available in the existing management accounting system. Physical information such as the physical quantities of gas consumed, electricity and steam produced, and greenhouse gases emitted, can help the company in decisionmaking relating to imp michael kors online outlet roving plant efficiency as well as reducing greenhouse gases emissions. michael kors online outlet