Environmental Assessments and Inspection Training (EG)

This national activity in Egypt consisted of two separate trainings that took place in June 2015.

1. Environmental Impact Assessment Training

A 4-day training course aiming at supporting and enhancing the capabilities of the working staff at the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) department at the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA).

The training targeted in particular:

  • Introduction to the permitting system as applied on the international level
  • Public consultations in EIA process
  • Reviewing EIA reports as applied to cement manufacturing and coal unloading, transportation and storage
  • Review of dispersion model
  • Environment management system and related monitoring plan
  • License requirements for co-incineration of hazardous waste in cement kilns
  • Best available techniques ( hazardous waste management, coal & dirty bulk handling, water conservation and energy conservation) and potential for inclusion as EIA requirements (bench marking)
  • Introducing the concept of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
  • Assessments of regulatory requirements as for new regulation promulgated on April, 19th 2015

2. Environmental Inspection Training

A 4-day training course focusing on capacity development of the working staff at the Central Inspection Department (CID) and regional branch offices at EEAA.

Environmental inspection processes include several aspects related to each other, such as planning, operational procedures and information. The CID conducts different types of inspection, such as comprehensive and regular inspection as a result of a complaint. The course inlcuded environmental inspection processes in general, objectives, industrial facilities inspection, the areas of competence of the environmental inspectors, administrative tasks for environmental inspectors, and highlighting the judicial necessary tasks and requirements for the inspectors. The Training also focused on planning processes for environmental inspection and the roles of the parties involved in the different stages of field inspection. The training targeted in particular:

  • Inspection, enforcement and reporting procedures and their implementation
  • Industrial sector specific technological issues (pollution abatement measures) 
  • Overview of new executive regulation promulgated on April 19th, 2015 regarding emissions standards
  • Negotiations, monitoring implementation of compliance action plans (CAPs) and benchmarks for CAPs reviewing in industries (cement, metallurgical and ports)
  • Calculation model for assessment of detected damage to environment
  • International practices in penalizing violations in frame of the judiciary systems