EMAS

What is EMAS

The objective of the EMAS Scheme (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) is to evaluate, report to the public and improve the environmental performance of organizations. Openness, truthfulness and periodic reporting of verified environmental data are key factors distinguishing the EMAS Scheme from ISO 14001. The environmental statement is the main management tool for organizations to report the results of continuous improvement of their environmental performance to the public, and their opportunity to promote their image among their customers, suppliers, neighbours, contractors and employees. Organizations can also publish verified excerpts from their environmental statements if they whish to inform selected interested parties of their environmental results. The requirements for the establishment, verification and validation of the environmental management system according to the EMAS Scheme are set out in Regulation ES 1221/2009.

What are the requirements of EMAS

EMAS requirements:

  • Initial environmental review providing the initial state for the measurement of environmental progress in line with Annex I to the Regulation;
  • Established environmental management system according to ISO 14001, compliance with regulatory requirements, continuous improvement, communication with the public, and employee involvement in line with Annex II of the Regulation;
  • Fully planned and implemented internal audits in line with Annex III of the Regulation, or concluded prior to the verification procedures in the areas with the most important environmental impacts;
  • Environmental statement drawn up for the public in line with Annex IV of the Regulation.

Registration procedure

The verification procedure involves:

  • a documentation review;
  • a certification audit;
  • validation of the environmental statement and verified information after a successful conclusion of a certification audit.

Verification procedure

The EMAS registration procedure is a two-stage procedure. An accredited environmental verifier first verifies the compliance with the EMAS requirements and validates the environmental statement. Then it submits the verified environmental statement to the authorised body – The Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning that verifies if the organization fulfils the criteria for registration and records the organization in the EMAS register.

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