Programme for Setting up the Environmental Management Center (EMC) in Serbia

Programme for Setting up the Environmental Management Center (EMC) in Serbia

Source of funding

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway

Name of client/donor

Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Serbia

Overall project value

EUR 2,743,425

Date

October 2010 – May 2013

Beneficiary countries

Serbia

Number of staff

10

The EMC in Serbia was established in order to ensure efficient emissions monitoring and reporting within the Serbian Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), connecting the business sector, environmental authorities and relevant EU institutions.

The goal was to increase the capacities of SEPA, industries, other partners and clients through the development of organisational infrastructure and software support for integrated emissions reporting towards national institutions and the EU. The project aimed to help industrial client partners to reduce environmental pollution by providing them with sophisticated and enhanced environmental management capabilities, thus supporting compliance with EU environmental directives.

Two main software tools were developed through the EMC project: the TEAMS Competent Authority Solution, which enables SEPA to carry out integrated electronic environmental reporting in Serbia via the collection and processing of annual emission reports from all industrial facilities in Serbia; and TEAMS Parent Client Solutions, which enable 10 selected companies to improve their internal reporting practices, while helping them to identify appropriate ways to enhance their resource efficiency, reduce emissions and address the negative environmental impacts of their production processes.

The EMC project worked directly with government institutions and 10 selected large industrial client partners from various industrial sectors across Serbia: petrochemicals, agriculture, railways, rubber manufacturing, coal production and processing, steel production and processing, copper mining, copper smelting, and a public utility district heating provider. The 10 industrial clients were trained in the TEAMS environmental management and reporting system. At the same time, the capacities of SEPA, industries and government authorities were increased through the EMC organisational infrastructure and software support. The REC organised six conferences, with over 100 participants at each event, as well as numerous training events in order to build the capacities of environmental managers, raise awareness, and support access to information, networking and regional cooperation.

  • Information dissemination
  • Technical assistance
  • Capacity building
  • Event organisation
  • Institution strengthening
  • Preparation of assessments and reports