Companies are legally required to have an environmental department. The author, an environmental expert, shows why such a department is important, which must be the qualities and attributions of a responsible person within it and what training opportunities exist for such specialists. Any economic activity has an impact on the environment. In order to limit this impact, companies are legally obliged to set up a specialized department (under GEO 195/2005) to manage environmental protection activities.
According to Law 211/2011, Art. 22, par. 3.4, the owners / producers of legal waste, the traders, as well as the economic operators are obliged to designate a person to follow and ensure the fulfillment of the obligations stipulated by the present law. The designated persons must be trained in the field of waste management, including hazardous waste, as a result of graduating from specialized courses.Failure to comply with the law 211/2011, Article 22, paragraph 3, constitutes the irregularity and is punishable by fines ranging from 15,000 lei at 30,000 lei According to the legislation in force, each company importing packaged products as well as producing packaged products has the obligation to report differently the quantities of packaging placed on the market and to pay a fee of 2 lei / kg in the case of non-fulfillment of the recovery and recycling targets .Failure to complete or erroneously (with unrealistic data) may result in substantial fines.
A qualified Environmental Consultant can assess the environmental impact of the company and can act to reduce and even eliminate it by observing legal norms. It can handle the preparation of documentation for obtaining environmental permits and the transmission of periodic reports to the Environment Agency.