Environmental management

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GIZ's environmental management consultancy aims to make production and disposal in developing countries ecological and safer.


In many countries, economic development leads to environmental pollution and an increasing consumption of natural resources. Good environmental management can solve many problems. GIZ provides assistance in many areas:

Environmental management in trade and industry

GIZ advises companies that want to improve the management of water, wastewater, waste and resources. The advisory services also include occupational health and safety, and further training. This has many advantages for the companies: they operate more environmentally friendly and more profitably and fewer accidents at work occur. Export-oriented companies improve their business opportunities because they can meet international environmental and social standards. Industrial parks benefit from sustainable management.

Safe handling of waste and recycling

In many developing and emerging countries, landfills for e-waste pose a safety, environmental and health risk. The uncontrolled disposal of e-waste and improper recycling contaminate groundwater and soil. The remediation of poisoned areas is costly and time-consuming. GIZ's advisory services aim to avoid risks through proper recycling. It informs waste collectors, most of whom work informally, about occupational health and safety. It also provides advice to state and municipal authorities wishing to establish a functioning management system for contaminated sites.

Protection of the ozone layer

The ozone layer protects humans and nature from harmful UV rays. Certain substances, such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), contribute to the destruction of the ozone layer. Substitutes are often harmful to the climate. GIZ supports companies in switching to environmentally and climate-friendly alternatives to ozone-depleting substances and in introducing environmentally compatible technologies.
The topic also has a political dimension. GIZ is therefore working with its partner countries to develop exit strategies from the production of ozone-depleting substances.

Safe use of chemicals

The use of chemicals is high in developing countries. Despite international agreements, more and more people are exposed to hazardous substances and waste. The GIZ advises on sustainable chemicals management at the international, state and company level. The entire production chain is taken into account, from raw materials through production to reuse or safe disposal.