2024 is the year in which the requirements from the authorities are more and more, and the possible sanctions for companies in Romania that violate environmental legislation will be more and more. Thus, for fear of unexpected visits from the Environmental Guard and fines, more and more companies choose either to outsource reporting to the environmental authorities for greater safety or request a double check of the implementation of the legislation, warns Green Environment Support, one of the main environmental consulting companies in Romania.
In this context, the demand for the outsourcing of these services has increased by 15% in the last 3 months compared to the previous months, with more and more companies abandoning the option of hiring an in-house specialist to collaborate with a firm specializing in environmental solutions for a greater safety.
“Amid legislative changes and rising personnel costs, more and more companies are opting to outsource reporting to environmental authorities to comply with the rules and avoid fines. Although at the beginning of 2023 many economic agents employed personnel dedicated to environmental responsibilities, the trend changed rapidly. In the last months of 2023 and the beginning of 2024, we see a significant increase in interest in outsourcing this activity. This change is fueled by both the increasing complexity of legislative requirements and the high costs associated with direct staffing, up to 90% higher in some cases than the cost of outsourcing”, says Daniela Dobre, CEO of Green Environment Support.
Although costs may vary depending on the size and complexity of each company’s operations, outsourcing the role of environmental stewardship is becoming more and more attractive for economic agents in the industry, retail and HoReCa sectors.
At the same time, large companies are interested in a double check of correct implementation and compliance with environmental legislation, opting, in addition to the expertise of the internal team, for specialized consulting from companies in the field, to avoid fines starting from 40,000 lei for poor waste management.
“Double checking of compliance with environmental legislation began to gain momentum in 2023 and will become the norm in 2024. The possibility of unexpected controls from the authorities and large fines causes companies to be much more vigilant to prevent sanctions that affect their budget and the image. In addition, if the companies do not correctly report the data for the obligations they have to fulfill to the Environmental Fund Administration, penalties and interest will be imposed in the amount of 0.03% per day of delay, calculated on the amount owed”, explains Daniela Dobre, CEO of Green Environment Support.
About Green Environment Support
Present on the market since 2011, Green Environment Support is one of the leading consulting companies in the field of environmental consulting and waste management. Specialized in environmental audits, specialist consultancy and waste management and specific reporting to the authorities, the company has a portfolio of over 300 clients whom it helps to implement the legislation in force, prevent possible sanctions, reduce the amount of waste, and have a development sustainable. Green Environment Support aims to raise awareness of the responsibility each person has towards nature.