What is EMAS?

EMAS is the acronym for Eco-Management and Audit Scheme, a management tool for voluntary use by businesses and other organisations, making it possible to assess, improve and publicise their environmental behaviour.

EMAS companies and organisations are characterised by their voluntary effort to protect the environment, beyond compliance with environmental legislation. This effort is recognised by the European Union with the following logo.

How to obtain EMAS.

To receive EMAS registration an organisation must comply with the following steps:

•Conduct an environmental review considering all environmental aspects of the organisation’s activities, products and services, methods to assess these, its legal and regulatory framework and existing environmental management practices and procedures.

•In light of the results of the review, establish an effective environmental management system aimed at achieving the organisation’s environmental policy defined by the top management. The management system needs to set responsibilities, objectives, means, operational procedures, training needs, monitoring and communication systems..

•Carry out an environmental audit assessing in particular the management system in place and conformity with the organisation’s policy and programme as well as compliance with relevant environmental regulatory requirements.

•Provide a statement of its environmental performance which lays down the results achieved against the environmental objectives and the future steps to be undertaken in order to continuously improve the organisation’s environmental performance.
 EMAS Regulation

REGULATION (EC) Nº 1221/2009 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 25 November 2009 on the voluntary participation by Organisations in a Community eco-management and audit scheme (EMAS), repealing Regulation (EC) nº 761/2001 and Commission decisions 2001/681/CE and 2006/193/CE

Do you need first hand information on EMAS?

Our Club EMAS is composed by organisations of different sectors and dimensions, all of them are EMAS registered organisations.

Our Club does not provide consultancy services directly, but with the aim of promoting EMAS, we can offer you the experience of our members. If you are interested in a face-to-face meeting with an EMAS organisation and to learn about the implementation of EMAS, feel free to contact us.

If you want more information about EMAS check this website:

EMAS - The Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EU EMAS website)