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1 iema promoting the goal of sustainable development EMAS and the Sustainable Consumption and Production Action Plan Martin Baxter Deputy Chief Executive Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment

2 iema promoting the goal of sustainable development EMAS Background Voluntary, market-based instrument Established in 1993 through Regulation 1836/93, revised Regulation 761/2001 Currently 4200 organisations registered in the European Union Supports continual improvements in the environmental performance of organisations

3 iema promoting the goal of sustainable development EMAS - the schemes requirements Requires participating organisations to: Implement an environmental management system that meets the requirements of the International Standard ISO Commit to legal compliance and environmental performance improvement Publish a public Environmental Statement on their environmental performance

4 iema promoting the goal of sustainable development EMAS - the schemes requirements In addition, the EMAS Regulation also: Sets out the registration process for national Competent Bodies Specifies the framework for verifiers, who check that organisations meet the EMAS requirements Defines Member State and European Commission obligations, in particular relating to EMAS promotion Limits EMAS participation to the European Union

5 iema promoting the goal of sustainable development EMAS Proposal Retains the link with ISO as the environmental management system Strengthens the requirement for organisations to demonstrate compliance with environmental laws and regulations Enhances the reporting requirements, through the mandatory use of core performance indicators Establishes a process for developing guidance on best practice in environmental management, helping organisations to benchmark their performance

6 iema promoting the goal of sustainable development EMAS Proposal… Harmonises procedures for accreditation and verification Extends the scope of EMAS from EU to global Encourages enhanced EMAS promotion Encourages EMAS incentives – Simplified procedures for cluster registrations – Reduced fees for SMEs – Member States encouraged to reduce administrative burdens on participants and provide incentives (e.g. access to funding, tax incentives) – Simplification of rules on use of the EMAS logo

7 iema promoting the goal of sustainable development EMAS and its role in SCP EMAS focuses on reducing environmental impacts, primarily through an organisations direct activities but also through its products/services and supply chains – Supports resource efficiency (doing more with less) – Reinforces legal compliance – Encourages environmental improvement in non-regulated activities – Provides transparency and credibility through validation of environmental performance data and publication of a public environmental statement

8 iema promoting the goal of sustainable development EMAS and its role in SCP To be a successful SCP tool, EMAS must: Ensure that the increased costs are outweighed by certainty over the potential benefits Ensure that there is differentiation in the benefits for EMAS participants compared with ISO certified organisations Position EMAS as an essential tool to support sustainability in business Significantly increase the number of participants

9 iema promoting the goal of sustainable development Thank You! Martin Baxter - Deputy Chief Executive Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA) St Nicholas House 70 Newport Lincoln LN1 3DP United Kingdom Tel: Fax:


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