The EC Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a voluntary initiative. Participating companies aim to improve their environmental performance through continuous improvement. Environmental performance is reported through regular environmental statements, the accuracy and reliability of which is independently checked by an environmental verifier.
EMAS is strongly backed by government and environmental regulators, and participating organisations are recognised as making strong commitments to the environment.
EMAS is open to any type of organisation, from industrial sites, to banking and retail sites. Local authorities can also participate in the scheme. Organisations can register one, or multiple sites.
Organisations wishing to gain EMAS certification must complete the following steps:
- Implement an EMS that meets the requirements of BS EN ISO 14001
- Carry out internal audits, including checks on legal compliance and environmental performance improvement
- Prepare an environmental statement
- Have the policy, EMS and environmental statement independently validated by an EMAS accredited verifier
- Submit the application to the EMAS Competent Body
- Make an environmental statement publicly available, and promote environmental credentials for entry onto the EMAS register
Further information on registering can be found on www.emas.org.uk