Setting up the Environmental Management Center in Serbia (EMC)
“Environmental reporting should be understood not as a cost, but as an investment. Big investors, primarily international donors, are setting ever stricter demands for environmental protection, and fulfilling these demands will lead to multiple benefits and enhance companies’ market position.”
— Filip Radovic, Director, Serbian Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Management Center in Serbia (EMC) was established to ensure efficient emissions monitoring and reporting within the Serbian Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), while connecting the business sector, environmental authorities and relevant EU institutions.
“The project involved 10 large state-owned, socially owned and private companies that were keen to find an efficient way to address their environmental impacts”, SEPA director Filip Radovic explained in the project publication TEAMS Success: Setting up the Environmental Management Center in Serbia. “In 2012, electronic reporting to the National Register of Pollution Sources was introduced using TEAMS software supplied by the Norwegian company Emisoft. This “green accounting” software produces data indicating the extent to which a company’s activities and use of natural resources produce an environmental impact.”
Competent Authority TEAMS SR Solution:
The EMC uses the Competent Authority TEAMS SR Solution (CAS) as its main tool. The CAS is an information system developed on the TEAMS platform in line with the requirements of SEPA and designed according to the rules of pollutant release and transfer registers. Annual reports from all companies that have an obligation to report according to Serbian legislation will be submitted to SEPA through the CAS. The CAS comprises annual facility reports from operators, including pollution release quantities; master data with lists of code to be assigned to the reported quantities; incorporated data logic; administration and data monitoring; a web report designer; a flexible report library; as well as output tables together with the assigned master data. It is a robust solution that meets the current and future needs of SEPA.
Parent Client TEAMS SR Solutions:
The EMC will also run 10 parent client solutions (PCSs), which were developed during the project. These PCSs were built, customised, altered, adapted and tailored to the individual needs of 10 selected companies in order to help them meet their environmental priorities. The solutions enable companies to document and report efficiently using a single, integrated system throughout all levels of the organisation. This approach ensures easier, more secure and more efficient use and allows for the straightforward implementation of changes according to customers’ needs. The EMC will host PCSs for new companies that express an interest in investing in the creation of their own system. With their own PCSs, these companies will have a robust, flexible, state-of-the-art environmental management reporting system that will help them to achieve compliance with EU regulations and to manage their environmental data in a transparent, traceable and consistent way.
The EMC project provided support to SEPA to run an integrated system of electronic environmental reporting in Serbia. The project organised training sessions for 10 industrial clients on how to use the TEAMS software. Other project activities included building the capacity of environmental managers; disseminating technical information and raising general awareness; supporting access to information; and strengthening regional cooperation and networking capabilities.
The EMC project resulted in effective support for integrated electronic environmental reporting in Serbia; increased capacity within SEPA, government authorities and industry through EMC organisational infrastructure and support for the new reporting software; the implementation of models of emissions monitoring and reporting to national institutions and the EU; the equipping of institutions in Serbia with technology and expertise to monitor and manage the environmental aspects of their activities; and the provision of support for industries’ compliance with EU environmental directives.