A company may need help and advice with matters such as planning waste management, permits, mapping environmental risks or determining energy-saving areas. Typical operations where companies use outside expert help also include environmental training for personnel and management, or building an environmental system.
In Finland, environmental administration tasks are shared between municipalities and the state. Small companies usually contact municipalities with regard to environmental permits and declarations.
Any activity posing a risk of polluting the environment must have an environmental permit. Activities requiring an environmental permit are defined in the Environmental Protection Decree. These include animal shelters, dry cleaners, receipt and storage of WEEE, factories manufacturing particle-board, concrete mixing plants and rock quarries, among others.
Environmental permits are processed by municipal environmental authorities or the Regional Administrative Agency (AVI). The scope of the activities and environmental impact determine the authority concerned. A fee is collected for processing the permit.
The Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centre) monitors environmental permits. The Ministry of the Environment controls the Regional State Administrative Agencies and ELY Centres in its field.
Further information on environmental permits:
the Environmental Administration website (ymparisto.fi)
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