The 2024 environmental inspection calendar in Catalonia is approved

Sustainability
WRITTEN BY Raul Antúnez i Retamal
07 Mar, 2024 — 4 min
The 2024 environmental inspection calendar in Catalonia is approved

The Government of Catalonia, through the Department of Climate Action, Food and Rural Agenda, demonstrates a strong commitment to sustainability and environmental monitoring with the approval of the new Integrated Environmental Inspection Programme for the year 2024. With the aim of controlling possible environmental risks, this programme covers more than 680 establishments that will be subject to scheduled and unscheduled inspections.

Objectives of the Environmental Inspection Programme

The inspection programme focuses on four groups of activities: industrial/energy, waste management, controlled waste deposits and large livestock farms. This initiative is the eleventh programme implemented since the Industrial Emissions Directive came into force in 2014. The main objective is to verify compliance with environmental authorisations and the determinations established by the selected establishments.

Territorial Distribution and Selection Criteria

With a specific territorial distribution, the inspections are concentrated in sectors considered to have a potentially high environmental impact. The selection of establishments is based on risk criteria, including the levels and types of emissions, the sensitivity of the local environment, the risk of accidents and the history of compliance. *

Scheduled and Unscheduled Inspections

The programme reduces the risk category for EMAS registered establishments with a satisfactory track record by decreasing the inspection periodicity. In addition, unscheduled inspections will be carried out to verify the cessation of activities, investigate complaints, accidents and incidents or verify the correction of non-compliances declared in previous inspections.

Transparency and public information

Inspection reports are public, subject to the limitations established by the regulations governing the right of access to environmental information. Currently, the reports from 2014 to 2022 and part of the reports for 2023 are already available on the website.

Integrated Environmental Inspection Plan 2023-2025

This programme is part of the implementation of the Integrated Environmental Inspection Plan 2023-2025, considering the experience accumulated in more than 6,500 environmental inspection actions carried out since 2014. This plan is consistent with European policies inspired by the Industrial Emissions Directive and the Recommendation of the European Parliament on minimum criteria for environmental inspections.

You can find the territorial distribution through this link.

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