The environmental audit experts met in Prague. They discussed both audit topics and current environmental issues
Press release - 30. 10. 2018
On 22-25 October, the 16th meeting of the Steering Committee of the INTOSAI Working Group on Environmental Auditing took place in Prague. This organisation brings together 78 Supreme Audit Institutions from all around the world and 17 of them are members of the Steering Committee, the Supreme Audit Office of the Czech Republic included. At the meeting organised by the SAO, representatives of the audit institutions of Indonesia (the chair), Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, the European Court of Auditors, India, Kuwait, Lesotho, Morocco, New Zealand, the Philippines, and the USA met in Prague.
The SAO has been a member of the Steering Committee for five years and has prepared projects on Energy Savings, Sustainable Energy, and on Green Cities - Sustainable Urban Development.
Altogether, 12 environmental audit projects, such as those related to the objectives of sustainable development, climate change, air pollution, wastewater management, or food production were discussed in Prague. Furthermore, auditors touched upon the topic of education of auditors as well as the fact that audit institutions themselves should lead by example and be more ecological.
The Working Group on Environmental Auditing addresses current and environmental challenges from the perspective of audit institutions. The individual audit institutions may share their experience and good practice from audits. At the same time, they can also compare the effectiveness and focus of national policies on environmental problems. In this way, the audit institutions can draw the policy makers’ attention to where they channel state resources and give feedback on whether such resources are spent effectively.
During the meeting, the SAO tested automatic translators to facilitate communication at international meetings and to enable participants to communicate in their mother tongue.
Supreme Audit Office