Abu Dhabi: The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) has launched ‘Eltezam,’ which is a new digital system for environmental inspection and compliance evaluation that gives EAD’s inspectors the flexibility to evaluate facilities as well as projects based on actual on-site activities.
The new system helps inspectors monitor every 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 implement its regulatory role through environmental standards in the emirate.
Mr. Al Hammadi further added that “the environmental inspection team at EAD conducts periodic field visits to ensure that industrial facilities, development projects, infrastructure works, and all related activities, as well as operations, apply the best global practises related to environmental protection.”
According to Mr. Ahmed Al Waheebi, unit head, Compliance and Enforcement at EAD, the agency seeks to build a strong and effective inspection system that covers all industrial sectors, infrastructure projects, and commercial activities under its authority.
The agency conducted several training workshops for the employees to familiarise them with the characteristics of the new system. The inspectors investigate reports of environmental accidents and complaints, identify operational violations that may lead to environmental issues, and ensure that facilities subject to licensing are aware of these violations as well as ways of correcting them.
‘Eltezam’ will also complement activity regarding environmental violations and administrative fines, and their legal basis.
The elements of the environmental inspection and compliance system include 93 sectors licenced by EAD, which assess the environmental impacts of 38 operational processes by monitoring 277 potential environmental violations with the aim of preventing harm from all environmental pollutants.