Environment and Energy
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, neighbors, contractors and employees. Organizations can also publish verified excerpts from their environmental statements if they wish 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.
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.
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 authorized 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.