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1 Session : "Eco-efficient SMEs: environmental management, eco-label and green public procurement as a driver for structural changes Tuesday the 9th of october 2007 Presentation : EMAS easy TM activities in relation to SMEs Speaker : Nigel Denys Carter EMAS Helpdesk of the European Commission

2 ISO/EN ISO (2004) + Public Reporting + Legal Compliance + Employees Participation + Performance improvement What is EMAS ?

3 EMAS in different sectors In the beginning : –Automotive –Paper - Metals - Chemicals - Glass –Agri-food –Waste recycling - water treatment Since EMAS revision in 2002 : –Public Administrations –Hospitals –Tourism sector - Hotels - restaurants –Education sector - schools - universities Nowadays : – Transport sector – Banks - insurrance companies – Construction sector – Consultants - NGOs – Micro companies – Industrial estates

4 SME barriers to adopt EMAS Definition >10 / 92% Mono-service and product Economic pressure Local markets Family traditions Informal organisation Very « low management » Visual culture Different nationalities Little access to adult training Use of main stream information channels Difficulties to access appropriate information Do not federate Do need HELP and Starter Kit

5 EMAS easy makes EMAS more easy for SMEs Make it more easy for small and micro- businesses Limited paperwork paperwork Hands on and low bureaucracy Adapted coaching and consulting Works in cluster of SMEs Uses an informal approach Short and focused Integrates easily into business cycles

6 Shopfloor and offices with lights on Mixed waste Running taps Wastage of chemicals Imperfect procedures No filters Leaks Unprotected storage rooms No air extraction Water treatment system is disfunctional No dustbins Rank & act From informal... Ecomapping is scanning equipment, behaviour, practices and prompts immediate action

7 ...to formal EMS = EMAS easy Ten pages Ten PeopleTen days Procedures ISO Routines InformalOralStructuredDynamicLastingCompliant Ecomaps + +

8 Example SME of the recyling sector 17 people Retrival SCRL Recycling company Rue de l'usine 1 B-6010 Couillet Belgium Tel: Fax: NACE : B-RW-S Website

9 Example Waste water management facility 32 PEOPLE NACE Kurucz Józsefné Bognár László EMS manager Sewage-water engineer Kossuth L. u Kaposvár Phone Fax HUNGARY

10 DG Environment has initiated the implementation of EMAS easy Ecomapping is a major part of the EMAS toolkit for SMEs since 1st edition in 1998 EMAS Easy Capacity building programmes : –in new member states : Baltics, Hungary, Poland 35 consultants 60 SMEs –in southern Europe : Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Malta, Cyprus, France 35 consultants 70 SMEs

11 Results : EMAS easy brings significant advantages to small SMEs It takes 150% less effort in implementation in the SME It can cost 80 % less in verification and certification It uses 3 times less individual consulting effort It uses informal approaches- less paperwork Creates knowledge Networks Can be audited in one day

12 Results : Auditing EMAS easy in SMEs Some experience gained from the field... Revalidation takes more time than initial audit Auditors can learn and do it two or three times faster Small clusters of 4-5 are the ideal group for joint auditing EMAS certification is possible in small clusters within a day Size of declaration and its verification important time factor

13 More information EMAS Helpdesk Tel : Fax:


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