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The history of EMAS

  • June 1993 — Council Regulation 1836/93 adopted on 29 June 1993. It creates the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) with a view to allow companies to voluntarily participate in an environmental management scheme. It is open to industrial sector companies operation in the European Union and the European Economic Area (EEA).

  • 1993-1995 — Set up of the structures for the implementation of the scheme: Competent Bodies, Accreditation Bodies.

  • April 1995 — EMAS is open for participation by companies of the manufacturing sectors

  • 1996 — Commission recognises EN ISO 14001 as a stepping-stone towards participating in EMAS.

  • 1997 — Consultation process for the review of EMAS begins : DG Environment carries out a series of consultations with all relevant stakeholders in order to gather their views concerning possible amendments to EMAS.

  • October 1998 — The Commission presents a proposal for the revision of EMAS. This proposal goes through the legislative procedure of co-decision.

  • March 2001 — EMAS II is born; the new EMAS regulation is adopted by the Council and the European Parliament.

  • September 2001 The Commission adopts technical guidance documents for the implementation of the scheme.

  • November 2009 — EMAS III is born; the new EMAS regulation is adopted by the Council and the European Parliament. It enters into force on 11 January 2010

If you are interested in receiving the various legal documents produced during the revision process please contact the EMAS Helpdesk and ask for the Revision Infopack.