Experts in technology, management and solutions to environmental problems
Earlier this year, O’Higgins established a company that provides environmental traceability services to public and private sector institutions. This is Ekuges, an organization made up of an interdisciplinary group of professionals in this field with more than 15 years of experience in their field.
The three fundamental pillars underpin the work and the services they provide. One of them is legal advice on environmental issues to ensure that institutions comply with all the regulations required in this area; In particular with regard to the law on extended producer responsibility (REP), the framework law on climate change and the Escazi Treaty, which are currently being validated and ratified in the country.
“The Escazzi treaty will be binding for everyone. Companies and the public world will be required to respect what was established there at the time of its entry into force in the country. For example, all in-house work in municipal policies will be prohibited and will need to be automatically renewed. This is where we are able to update the system and ensure there are no issues,” explained Debbie Lemus, who is at Acuse. Commercial director.
Lemus said it has “preventative software” for this, which, through artificial intelligence, provides companies with alerts about non-compliance they may have “both in regulations and internal processes”.
“It’s our second pillar, it’s the center and the spine from which everything emerges,” he said.
prevention of environmental problems
In Lemus’ words, the purpose of its business services is “to keep them from paying fines or getting in trouble with the law.” But something that stands above all is civil welfare and the prevention of environmental problems.
Thus, the third of the fundamental pillars of Ekuges concerns the resolution of socio-environmental conflicts in communities.
“When you manage to reduce environmental problems, you improve people’s quality of life. It’s about bringing communities closer to environmental justice,” said the company’s general manager, Sabina Alarcón.
“We have developed technologies that drive innovation in the public sector that will, for example, help municipalities establish guidelines to ensure environmental justice,” he explained.
An important fact is that Alarcon is one of the few people trained in the country and with the ranks to be able to certify environmental mediators. This is where Acuges points it out. Later this year, this company plans to have a seal that will allow them to certify other organizations that meet certain environmental characteristics.