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ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENTS

Legal and statutory identification requirements. Technical studies and assessment to take corrective measures, minimize the contamination and reduce energy consumption.

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS IMPLEMENTATION (ESM)

Elaborate documents and implement the ESM in accordance with the requirements of the ISO 14001 and the regulation EMAS (CEE 1836/93).

THE ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIFICATION

ISO 14001:2004 Requirements and  directions for its use

ISO 14004:2004 General Guidelines of the principles, systems and support techniques.

The certified companies under the specification ISO 14001 need to adapt their environmental systems to the new 2004 version before June 2006. 

ENVIRONMENTAL AUDITS

LEGAL: fulfilment of the legislation in force

EMS: Assessment of the capacity to fulfil the policy and Environmental Management Programme. Assessment of efficiency and cost reduction 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS

Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS)

ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS

The IPPC Directive

Integrated pollution prevention and control (Directive 96/61/EC)

Industrial production processes account for a considerable share of the overall pollution in Europe (for pollutants such as greenhouse gases, acidifying substances, wastewater emissions and waste). The EU has a set of common rules for permitting and controlling industrial installations in the IPPC Directive of 1996.

In essence, the IPPC Directive is about minimising pollution from various industrial sources throughout the European Union. Operators of industrial installations covered by Annex I of the IPPC Directive are required to obtain an authorisation (environmental permit) from the authorities in the EU countries. About 50.000 installations are covered by the IPPC Directive in the EU.

New installations, and existing installations which are subject to "substantial changes", have been required to meet the requirements of the IPPC Directive since 30 October 1999. Other existing installations must be brought into compliance by 30 October 2007. This is the key deadline for the full implementation of the Directive.