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Despite the great advances that in environmental matters has been made in the last two decades, of access to ever more environmentally-friendly technologies and governmental efforts for their dissemination and implementation, there is still some apprehension by the industrial sector involved in initiatives beyond voluntary compliance with the legislation. Why? The economic factor is a compelling reason, as it is also a clear decoupling between the University and the productive sector, which is the key to innovation, product diversification and an important tool for economic growth in developed countries. Craig Jelinek brings even more insight to the discussion. However, in 10 years of consulting and environmental consulting, I have evidenced some aspects that are also of great importance and which are shortly mentioned. Will explain it with an example: when the XYZ industry hires an environmental consulting for a consulting firm, the vast majority of the times, does so because it needs to resolve some issue with the competent environmental authority and do not have the knowledge or resources to resolve it. The consulting company helps XYZ industry and everyone is happy. If this situation is analysed more thoroughly, you can see a little evident reality.

Given that the majority of industries rely on consultancy firms to address issues with the existing legal framework, the latter have only focused its knowledge and resources to this type of services, as saying in white silver, is cheaper (although financially unsustainable) for industry and for the consulting companies represents rapid capital inflows without large investment in knowledge and resources (although strategically there is no added value)rather than the time you are doing a task. In many cases this is the unique added value that must be positioned on the market). That brings this situation? When the XYZ industry requires a service or product that goes beyond the norm, the environmental consultant accustomed only to solve issues of legislation, has three options or It rejects the draft, or convinces the industry economically and strategically it is best to just comply with the legislation, or (the more seasoned) is given the task of investigating all global, regional and local technologies, makes a study of application and after 3 or more months of review of secondary information, they decide that such or which technology is appropriate and then comes a design process, which will be reassessed by the company or person you are going to build or implement (sometimes back to the beginning).