What is EMAS?

EMAS is like a trademark

The Community Eco-management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a management tool for companies and other organisations to evaluate, report and improve their environmental performance.

EMAS is open to all economic sectors including public and private services.

In 2001, EMAS was strengthened by the integration of EN/ISO 14001 as the environmental management system required by EMAS; by adopting an attractive EMAS logo to signal EMAS registration to the outside world; and by considering more strongly indirect effects such as those related to financial services or administrative and planning decisions.

Participation in the scheme is voluntary and extends to public or private organisations operating in the European Union and the European Economic Area (EEA) - Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway.

Download the "EMAS simply" guide and get an overview of EMAS.

EMAS : the 4 main steps to registration

To receive EMAS registration an organisation must:

  1. ties, products and services, methods to assess these, its legal and regulatory framework and existing environmental management practices and procedures ;
  2. at delivering the organisation’s environmental policy as defined by top management. The management system needs to set responsibilities, objectives, means, operational procedures, training needs, monitoring and communication systems ;
  3. with the organisation’s policy and programme as well as compliance with relevant environmental regulatory requirements ;
  4. the environmental objectives and future steps to be taken to continuously improve the organisation’s environmental performance.

Visit the European Commission's EMAS helpdesk.