• WHAT WE PROVIDE

AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE

We consider certain areas of knowledge to be of strategic importance to our clients and we dedicate our time and effort to them accordingly.

Environmental costs: identification, management and optimization.

  • In an industrial facility, the costs associated with the environment are determined by multiple causes, including:
    • Logical and predictable changes in industrial processes that are in constant evolution.
    • The unavoidable changes in regulation.
    • Or even variations in the installation surroundings or the environmental improvement objectives that must be reached.
  • Establishing a clear relationship between environmental costs and their causes allows us to analyze them and define and implement alternatives for their improvement.
  • All of this can only be accomplished through an in-depth knowledge of industrial processes, the best technologies to reduce their emissions, and their interactions with the environment.

Design and operation of environmental infrastructures such as industrial wastewater plants.

  • In order to conceptualize, design and operate the best environmental infrastructure for a particular industry, we cannot expect the same solution to fit all industrial sectors. Conceptualization and design have to be carried out depending on the pollution-causing process, and not applying one given solution to all possible problems. That requires us to maintain a knowledge base of our clients’ industrial processes.
  • At the same time, the ability to operate an industrial infrastructure within our customer’s installation involves:
    • Working in different organizational settings. A food business that works in an IFS environment does not have the same restrictions and conditions as a textile factory or an industrial laundry.
    • Maintaining a 24/7 operation, 365 days a year when the facility can only work 16 hours a day or 220 days a year.

Biological treatment of hard to manage industrial effluents.

  • It is important to remember that when we talk about biological treatment, we are normally referring to urban wastewaters which often have nothing to do with wastewaters generated from an industrial process.
  • Industrial discharges are characterized, among other things, by:
    • Very high flow peaks that can reach up to 20-30 times over the daily average.
    • High organic loads, as well as the presence of salts, logical consequence of synthesis reactions, and inhibitors of the biological activity.
    • Organic load that can be refractory and difficult to digest by a conventional system.
    • Significant presence of nutrients that may require the design and operation of a more complex and sophisticated system.
  • Our vocation to serve industry and the need to find solutions in today’s market require us to keep up to date on this topic.

The dividing line between wastewater, liquid waste and byproduct.

  • Until quite recently, any undesired product resulting from a manufacturing process, was classified as waste, without placing any importance on whether or not it was wastewater, solid waste or even a possible byproduct. However, as the costs associated with waste management have increased, it is an obvious advantage to explore the nuances of this classification.
  • Depending on how this “unwanted” product is treated, it will be considered wastewater, liquid waste, or a byproduct. The costs of treatment and management of each one is different, as is the economic effort and the internal procedural changes that are involved to fit them into this definition.
  • Due to the fact that management costs change, depending on political decisions and on the site of the installation, we face a constantly changing situation. It is important to invest time and effort to master all its nuances in order to make swift decisions.

Identification, assessment and management of environmental risks.

  • We believe that for any manufacturing company, identification, evaluation and management of its environmental risks are extremely important.
  • Decisions cannot be taken based on alarmist scenarios or reckless disregard. The risk does not have to be neither a figure that reflects the maximum amount of a possible but unlikely situation nor the disdain of any possible consequence.
  • We believe that environmental risks can be properly managed by:
    • Their identification, both present and future ones, real and potential ones or, for example, those associated with legal compliance or potential cost increase.
    • Evaluation of their plausibility and timescale.
    • Knowledge of the possible remedial actions, their chances of success, their timelines, the associated consequences and their investment and operating costs.
  • Professional environmental risk management can be provided to the industrial world only after a thorough understanding of:
    • Existing and likely future regulations.
    • Available technology
    • Possible outcomes associated with a particular industry and the environment.

Comprehensive management and maintaining coherence between environmental obligations and the production process.

  • Unfortunately, environmental obligations involve an increasing profusion of reports, statements and documents that have to be delivered to the authorities and partner agencies.
  • From an organizational point of view, environmental information provided to third parties must be managed with consistency and without formal errors in order to elude unnecessary subsequent complications.
  • That is why we strive to keep informed on the implications that the use of this environmental information can have if provided to third parties, so that we can guarantee its coherence and accuracy previous to release.

The economic environmental instruments (green taxes, levies, fees, allowances, insurance, deposits, ...)

  • Tax issues are increasingly associated with pollution. This is aligned with certain schools of thought in Western societies. Regardless of the speed with which they are fully implemented, the increasing burden and acceleration of green taxes are undeniable facts in the developed world.
  • For this reason, besides being involved in the design, implementation and operation of economic instruments in environmental policy, we also study these issues on a regular basis, collaborating with universities, business organizations and specific Government Agencies. Hence, we keep up to date on both current and future systems so that we can provide excellent service to our clients.)

Criminal Law and the Environment.

  • The demand for accountability on the subject of environmental misdemeanors is evolving in two directions:
    • On the one hand, liability of a personal nature, considered criminal liability.
    • On the other hand, in certain legal systems, such as the Spanish one, environmental crime might be one of risk. The proceedings are extremely complex and the outcome uncertain.
  • Our approach is technical and complementary to the legal one. In a situation where there is a potential loss of liberty due to a risk-related offense, its technical quantification gains vital importance.
  • Our staff has extensive experience in these processes, from all points of view. Additionally, as a company we have taken several defense cases to court with successful results.