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One person, one idea - A better life for all

From EPSA - European Public Sector Award

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Everybody can do something for the environment. If more people are involved, better results can be achieved.

Inspectoratul Teritorial de Munca Prahova (The Prahova Labour Inspectorate) has working relations with 12,000 employers in the region. The main activities include supervising the work relations and safeguarding safety and health at work. However, the Inspectorate wants to shift its activity towards environmental sustainability. This project implies two main directions of action: internal and external. For the internal component, the institution is becoming more eco-friendly itself, and for the external element, the institution will provide greener alternatives for its clients.

Limited resources were consumed by the project. Their approach was directed at this specific target: minimum spending and maximum results. An example of the internal chain of actions:

  • Plan the use of vehicles in advance.
  • Use a simple mathematical model for automobile usage optimisation.
  • Analyse carpooling opportunities.
  • Optimise the time for travel in order to avoid traffic rushhour.

An example of the external chain of actions:

  • Setting up a dedicated address for electronic petitions.
  • Promoting the address to its partners (even when someone asks for the correspondence address or for the working programme they now offer an electronic alternative for virtually every application or request).
  • Rewarding the use of electronic alternatives by reducing the waiting time for the institutional response.

The project implementation will result in two main types of outcomes: becoming an eco-friendly institution and being the promoter of green alternatives in its relations with companies. They managed to improve the institution´s impact on the environment by around 25% (less spending on paper, toners and other materials, over 20% reduction in energy bills, less spending on fuels) and, at the same time, it can be estimated that they have driven a similar achievement on the part of their partners’ spending. Moreover, there are strong reasons to believe that their actions have resulted in a significant impact on the environment, even if they are not fully able to calculate the exact amount.

This project is a way of life. It is quickly turning into a widely accepted reality and even more, it is the point of departure for other significant improvements. Currently it is backed up by national legislation and by the internal decisions of its manager and internal regulations. For outsiders, sustainability grows day by day, since more people find about new, improved and eco-friendly ways to go about their business.

Award info
Award category: going green
Award type: submission
Award year: 2011
Project type
Sector: Employment, labour related affairs and gender equality
Type of activity:
Keywords: Together for the future! Our future together!
Short English description: The project implementation will result in two main types of outcomes: becoming an eco-friendly institution and being the promoter of green alternatives in its relations with companies.
Further information
Organisation: Prahova Labour Inspectorate
Other applicants:
Homepage: http://www.itmprahova.ro
Level of government: local level
Size of organisation: 50-100
Number of people involved: >15
Country: Romania
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
Start date:
End date:


One person, one idea - A better life for all (44.94, 26.03)
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