Published on 30 October 2018
About this good practice
Environmental Inspections are systematic official inspection of plants with significant environmental impacts. The environmental inspection can be done routinely or on a special occasion. The objective is to monitor the environmental impact, as well as to verify and ensure the environmental requirements laid down in legislation. The frequency of environmental inspections is determined by a risk evaluation. One criterion for the risk evaluation is the participation in EMAS or other environmental management systems. However, only EMAS obtains the highest score, thus EMAS organisations may have longer inspections frequencies.
The measure does not require high technical effort. The risk evaluation is a standardized procedure. The measure does not require a high legal effort as it is described in the EU DIRECTIVE 2010/75/EU on industrial emissions.
Evidence of success
There are high time savings for the authorities as inspections are very time consuming. The organisation on the other hand can save a lot of money if the inspection interval is prolonged. One company stated they can save € 19.000 per year if the interval is prolonged.
Potential for learning or transfer
As this is part of the EU DIRECTIVE 2010/75/EU on industrial emissions, the implementation is not difficult. Also the risk evaluation is a standardized procedure.