“Fundació Fòrum Ambiental and Atos Origin produce the first edition of a Report on Information Technology applied to the Industrial Waste Management Sector in Spain”

Barcelona, 23 November 2005

  • The aim is two-fold: to provide a response to the needs arising from breakthroughs in new information technologies and to meet the EU requirements concerning information exchanges in the field of industrial waste management, which affect both the public authorities involved and companies themselves.
  • The report is intended to provide a list of information technology (IT) used in a business setting and by the various public authorities responsible for this area in Spain, while proposing unified criteria in order to create a single data highway shared by all the players involved (regional governments - called autonomous communities in Spain - the central government, the European Union and companies.

Fundació Fòrum Ambiental (FFA) and Atos Origin, a leading international IT company, have launched a strategy to bring together and promote collaboration among players in the industrial waste sector, by drawing up a report on information technology in this area. The initiative sprang from the desire to meet the latent needs of the various public authorities and production companies, carriers and industrial waste managers, who need to adapt to increasingly demanding legislation, in particular from the EU.

The Report on Information Technology in the Industrial Waste Sector is intended to provide a list of information technology (IT) of this kind used in a business setting and by the Spanish authorities, while proposing unified criteria in order to create a single data highway shared by all autonomous communities in Spain.

The report's main action areas include the following: identifying the best practices in Spain and abroad in various action plans concerning information exchanges; providing a list of the current information systems available for managing industrial waste and the public architectures available in Spain; defining the technological infrastructure and information needs of the players involved in managing such waste; setting up the user community and the main relationships; setting out and reporting the short-, medium- and long-term plans of the various autonomous communities involved and, finally, setting up a framework for comparing legal aspects throughout Europe; and drawing initial conclusions that we can build on in the future.

The study is being drawn up by carrying out fieldwork (interviews with a set of companies pre-selected by the regions involved) to gather data for the final document, which will make it possible to work in accordance with EU regulations.

According to Carles Mendieta, Head of Fundació Fòrum Ambiental, “Through this project FFA and Atos Origin want to find out whether production companies, carriers and industrial waste managers in Spain are ready to account for and provide the respective regional governments with information about environmental costs. We also want to find out whether they have a good connection to the Ministry of the Environment in order to send data quickly and reliably. When the results come through the various regions will be able to see the position companies in the industrial waste management sector are in with regard to information technology. They will thus be able to help them decide on the best computer tools to manage their contacts and make use of information technology”.

The idea of drawing up the Report on Information Technology applied to the Industrial Waste Management Sector arose in March 2005 at the 3rd Conference of the Environmental IT Society held in Barcelona. This conference was also promoted by Fundació Fòrum Ambiental and Atos Origin and is a place where the various companies in the sector, the authorities and universities can be brought together and joint initiatives can arise in the field of information technology.

“The production of this report is a unique event that will give a major boost to improving industrial waste management. By setting up a knowledge base for each Spanish region and its managers the first environmental information community will be created. The idea is to apply experiences of exchanging information from other sectors, such as food and pharmaceuticals in which we are experts, to a key sector for our country's industrial future” , said Ramón Grau, Atos Origin's Industry Business Manager, who added, “The support and interest shown by the various waste agencies in each region is proving key to carrying out the project”.

Organisations actively involved in the project include Fundació Fòrum Ambiental and Atos Origin, who are heading up the initiative, companies such as SAP and MARE (Medio Ambiente, Agua, Residuos y Energía), the Tradebe Foundation and the Spanish autonomous communities of Catalonia, Cantabria, the Basque Country and La Rioja. A further 10 regions are considering taking part, including Madrid, Navarre, Galicia and Valencia.

About Fundació Forum Ambiental
Fundació Fòrum Ambiental is a non-profit organisation, the aim of which is to create a platform for dialogue and cooperation among companies, public authorities and the rest of society, in order to produce and jointly apply a more sustainable development model than we currently have.
It works in three main areas:

- Information and education
- Carrying out projects

- Supporting training and research programmes

The aim of these work areas is as follows:

- Making environmental awareness part of business culture
- Educating society that sustainable business growth protecting the quality of the
environment are compatible aims
- Developing and protecting a home-grown environmental business sector

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international IT service company. Its business is turning its clients' strategic vision into results through better use of consulting, systems integration and outsourcing solutions. The company employs over 46,000 staff in 40 countries with annual turnover of more than €5 billion. Atos Origin is a worldwide information technology partner for the Olympic Games and its customers are large international companies in all business areas. Atos Origin is listed on the Eurolist Market in Paris and operates under the names of Atos Origin, Atos Euronext Market Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

For further information contact:
Antonio Ferreiro
Atos Origin
Tel. 91 440 88 00
antonio.ferreiro@atosorigin.com

Lydia Ruiz, PR Department of Fundació Fòrum Ambiental
Tel. 93 285 19 19
lydia@mapadvisers.com
www.forumambiental.org