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ENVIRONMENTAL AUDITING

Environmental auditing is a management tool to objectively and systematically evaluates environment management systems with the following objectives:

i) Waste prevention and reduction:
ii) Assessing compliance with regulatory requirements.
iii) Placing environmental information in the public domain.

Compliance with the regulatory norms, through adoption of clean technologies and improvement in management practices for prevention and control of pollution is not only mandatory but also has got wide acceptance among the industrial community. Charter on corporate responsibility for environmental protection (CREP) also calls for commitment and voluntary initiatives of industry for responsible care of the environment, which will help in building a partnership for pollution control.

In view of the fact that the enforcement agencies are many times not equipped fully in terms of men power & other infrastructure to identify violation of Pollution Control norms by Industries and since there is every likelihood that the enforcement agencies may monitor only limited number of industries spread over in different areas in the entire state, the Government intends to introduce a new scheme by the name “Environmental Auditing Scheme”. In this scheme technically qualified professionals (Auditors) become link between Industries, enforcement agencies and Association of Industries, with added vital elements of Accountability and Transparency.

The scheme intends to carry out the following Action Plan:

  • Identification of highly polluting industries in different sectors.
  • Development of Standard Operating Procedures/Protocols in different sectors to assist the industry in developing self-audit programs at individual facilities for evaluating their compliance with the environmental requirements under the environmental laws and regulations for monitoring the pollution.
  • Developing training modules to train the Regulators, Industrial and Environmental Auditors and imparting training to the stakeholders (Auditors/Industries/Regulators)
  • Identification and accreditation of the Environmental Auditors.
  • Development of MIS system to process the Environmental Auditing Reports.
  • Support and guidance to industries to mitigate the pollution.