The EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a management instrument developed by the European Commission for companies and other organisations to evaluate, report, and improve their environmental performance. EMAS is open to every type of organisation eager to improve its environmental performance. It spans all economic and service sectors and is applicable worldwide.
EMAS is voluntary and presents the highest level in environmental management systems
Implementation of EMAS includes having an existing environmental management system in place that satisfys the requirements of ISO14001.
Additionaly to this EMAS includes a few other features , the most prominant is the production of a yearly statement to the public and customers . The information in this statement includes environmental figures which are independently audited by a UKAS approved EMAS certification body.
Following the sucsesfull implementation and certification of an EMS that meets the requirements of 14001 the follolowing things will need to be done :
The benefits from registration are similar to those of ISO 14001 with the addition of the benefit of the verified and publically available environmental statement.
The statement is a publication of environmental information, whose accuracy and reliability has been independently checked by an environmental verifier such as NQA, that gives EMAS and those organisations that participate in the scheme enhanced credibility and recognition.
EMAS could be used by your organisation to exploit new opportunities and market places using your validated environmental statement. EMAS demonstrates that you are serious about reducing your environmental impact and improving environmental performance