Last edited 15 Feb 2021

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:

To achieve EMAS registration an organisation must:

Registered organisations can use the EMAS logo on letterheads, in adverts and so on.

EMAS registration is claimed to deliver:

Ref Step up to EMAS": Study on Guidelines for Transition from Non-Formal EMS and ISO 14001 to EMAS, 2009.

ISO 14001 can provide a route to EMAS registration, and is an integral part of EMAS. However, EMAS considers additional elements of environmental performance.

EMAS Easy has been developed specifically for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

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