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The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi launches new digital system for environmental and compliance checks

The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi launches new digital system for environmental and compliance checks

The system allows EAD inspectors to comprehensively review any aspect of an organisation’s activities that can cause potential environmental harm

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EAD launches new digital system for compliance checks

The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), has recently launched Eltezam, – a new digital system for environmental inspection and compliance evaluation.

The system will enable EAD’s inspectors to have more flexibility to evaluate facilities and projects based on actual on-site activities and operations.

It also allows inspectors to comprehensively review any aspect of an organisation’s activities regarding any potential environmental harm rather than being limited to activities listed on their environmental license.

The launch of ‘Eltezam’ is part of EAD’s ongoing efforts to execute its regulatory role by preserving environmental standards in Abu Dhabi.

Faisal Al Hammadi, acting ED of the Environmental Quality Sector at EAD, said: “The agency has developed modern technological tools and programmes that ensure compliance by industrial facilities and development projects with environmental laws and requirements. We evaluate and license development projects, infrastructure, and industrial facilities, and commercial businesses in Abu Dhabi with the aim of reducing construction-related environmental impact. This is to ensure compliance with local laws and legislation aligned with best global environmental practices and the environmental, economic and social progress in Abu Dhabi.’’

Al Hammadi added: “The environmental inspection team at EAD conducts periodic field visits to ensure that industrial facilities, development projects, infrastructure works, and all related activities and operations consider the applicable environmental laws and regulations, comply with the conditions of environmental licenses, and apply best global practices related to environmental protection.’’

Ahmed Al Waheebi, unit head, Compliance and Enforcement, at EAD, said: ‘”We are very conscious of the nature of rapid economic growth, so we adopt the latest electronic and information systems to help keep pace with this acceleration and achieve sustainable growth. We do this while taking care to reduce the environmental impact of each stage of development – from planning to implementation. The next step is a focus on systems that will rely more on proactive evaluation of projects and facilities, and on self-monitoring, not only to facilitate, but to achieve better environmental results’’.

Al Waheebi said that by launching this new digital system, EAD seeks to build a strong and effective inspection system that covers all industrial sectors, infrastructure projects, and commercial activities under its authority, noting that the inspection system was built on algorithms that link industrial sectors with production processes and conditions. ‘Eltezam’ will also complement activity regarding environmental violations and administrative fines, and their legal basis.

The agency has held a series of training workshops for the agency’s inspectors to familiarise them with the characteristics of the new system.

The elements of the environmental inspection and compliance system include 93 sectors licensed by EAD. It also assesses the environmental impacts of 38 operational processes by monitoring 277 potential environmental violations, with the aim of preventing harm from all environmental pollutants across each activity under the Agency’s jurisdiction.

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