Eco-Management and Audit Scheme EMAS
The Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a is a voluntary management instrument developed by the European Commission (EU) for organisations to evaluate, report, and improve on their environmental performance and to communicate environmental achievements.
The EMAS Regulation was first introduced by the European Commission in July 1993 as an environmental tool intended to promote the move towards sustainable development. The EMAS scheme was first opened for voluntary participation by industrial sites in April 1995, and it was extended to all sectors in 2001. EMAS is now available worldwide through the EMAS Global mechanism.
The key elements of EMAS are:
- Performance: Evaluating and reducing environmental impact, and continuously improving environmental performance.
- Credibility: Through the EMAS registration process.
- Transparency: Providing publicly available information about environmental performance through an environmental statement.
To achieve EMAS registration an organisation must:
- Conduct an environmental review.
- Adopt an environmental policy.
- Develop an environmental programme setting specific environmental objectives and targets.
- Establish an environmental management system to deliver the environmental policy, setting out; responsibilities, strategies, procedures, training requirements, monitoring and communication systems.
- Carry out an environmental audit of conformity with the environmental policy and programme and compliance with regulatory requirements.
- Provide an environmental statement of performance.
- Receive approval by an accredited environmental verifier.
EMAS registration is claimed to deliver:
EMAS Easy has been developed specifically for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
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