In the struggle for a decrease of most negative environmental impact and thereby a possible slowing down of the speed of the global climate change, there are today directives and policies at European and global level which invites countries, organisations and individuals to reduce negative environmental impact. Public and Private Sectors on a global scale are today working toward a decrease of their organisations negative environmental impact, by i.e. becoming environmentally certified following environmental standards. The European Commission EMAS and the global ISO 14000 standards are examples of environmental standards which can be of sizeable help in keeping up a strategic and effective environmental quality management system aimed at reducing most negative environmental impact in organisations. However, the environmental management work is often hindered by i.e. economic and knowledge lack within organisations. Therefore, the part of the environmental management process involving environmental auditors will in the project be elaborated for an increased help for both auditing and the management work in an overall perspective. This project aims to fill the existing gap between the need and wish from organisations to work with environmental management and within it, environmental audits, while today lacking in i.e. economic and/or knowledge capacity needed. Therefore, to have an increased opportunity of preparation for a possible coming environmental certification and an increased capacity at decrease of most negative environmental impact. Further, by creating more on-the-job trainings opportunities specifically targeting this issue.

Objectives

The specific objectives are:

  1. To improve the on-the-job training opportunities in environmental auditing through a train-the-trainers methodology.
  2. To improve the competencies of civil servants and practitioners in environmental audit.
  3. To foster an exchange of practises and cooperation among EU countries concerning environmental auditing.