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Emas Certification Mark - The Eco-Management and Audit Scheme

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Certification:   The Eco-Management and Audit Scheme system enables organizations to participate in a community scheme for environmental management and environmental-management audits

Management system certification / Voluntary assessment

Basis for Certification (certification standard):

REGULATION (EC) NO. 1221/2009 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 25 November 2009

Standard owner:

The Eco-Management and Audit Scheme system enables organizations to participate in a community scheme for environmental management and environmental-management audits. Standard owners are the EU Parliament and the EU Council.

What the standard EMAS covers

EMAS establishes the requirements for certifiable environmental management systems (abbreviated: “EMS”) for organizations and, in case of successful certification, leads to the organization's entry in the EMAS register. Requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • The organization has established a management system suitable for continuously improving the organization's environmental impacts, achieving compliance with legal and other environmental requirements, and reaching its environmental objectives.
  • The organization identified its significant environmental aspects and the associated environmental impacts.
  • The organization defined suitable criteria for the control of environmentally relevant processes. The entire EMS is subject to an ongoing surveillance process. This applies in particular to compliance with legal and other environmental requirements. The organization monitors and evaluates achievement of environmental objectives and continuous improvement with the help of suitable performance indicators.
  • By issuing an environmental statement, the organization appropriately informs the general public of the organization's environmental aspects and environmental performance.

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