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Last May 24th SGS organised in Madrid an Industrial Environmental Responsibility Seminar with the attendance of some of the most important companies in Spain: REPSOL-YPF, REXAM, ACERALIA, CESPA, AENA, ELECTRABEL, ENDESA, FERROVIAL, GASNATURAL, LAFARGE, PSA PEUGEOT, SAMCA, o UNIÓN FENOSA, amongst others.
This seminar is part of those imparted by SGS in other regios such as Asturias, Andalucía, Cataluña, Castilla y León and Aragón, in which SGS aims to present the companies with their envirornmental responsibility future obligations, and the necessary tools to perform an Environmental Risk Assessment within their facilities that allows the definition of preventive measures, necessary to reduce and control the environmental control of their activities, and obtain a more efficient economic guarantee.
This tool, developed from a Geographic Information System (SIG), manages and updates the facility’s risk profile in an easy and dynamic way, identifying the most dangerous areas through the ortophotographs and/or facilities’ digital cartographies.
According to the new Regulation Proposal, already approved in March 2007 by the Ministers’ Congress, this regulation will affect, as appears in Appendix III, to 5.000 companies, 1 million agricultural and cattle farmer exploitation facilities, 30.000 transports companies and 1.000 dams and mining facilities. One of the parts will have to subscribe, before 2010, an economical guarantee (20 millions Euros limit) to cover the possible damages caused to the environment by their activities.
Within this group, those companies which potential risk to the environment can be estimated in 2 million euros must subscribe the economic guarantee (backing or insurance). Regarding this, companies which potential damage is estimated under 300.000 euros or those using phytosanitaire products for the agricultural sector will be exempt, but if the damage caused is between this amount and 2 million euros, the company will be exempt if it already has EMAS or ISO 14001 Certification. Exempt will be the public administration and public works contractors, too, always in those cases where they have an environmental impact statement.
The Government is trying to put this new regulation to effect with retroactive character since April 30th 2007, stating the responsibility of a potential ecologic disaster will have a validity of 30 years after it has been committed.