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The EMAS Regulation calls for Member States to promote EMAS EU wide and on a national, regional and local level. This includes not only providing information on the objective and content of the Regulation (article 12) and encouraging participation in the scheme for example by setting criteria for public procurement (article 11) but also taking into consideration how EMAS could be used in the implementation and enforcement of other environmental legislation (article 10).

When implementing such promotional activities the specific needs of SMEs should be considered in particular. However, access to information, increased awareness amongst clients and consumers, clarification of the benefits of participation and the provision of technical assistance are measures of interest to all organisations, regardless of their size and sector.

If you wish to get specific informations about activites carried out in a particular Member State, please visit the related local EMAS websites.

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Projects linked to public authorities can be found here.

If you are an EMAS registered organisation and would like to share your experience with others, please do not hesitate to contact the EMAS Helpdesk.



The SAGE10 project aims to develop an environmental impact assessment tool to guide Greek farmers towards the most efficient use of their resources. It thus seeks to promote the long-term sustainability of the agro-ecosystem and economy.

The project will be based around the development of an innovative Impact Assessment Procedure (IAP) for objectively evaluating the potential environment consequences of proposed agricultural practices. The IAP should be a tool for prioritising activities and achieving ISO14001/EMAS accreditation on farms.

Read more at /environment/life/project/Projects/index.cfm or contact directly


Modell Hohenlohe

By grouping up to ten organisations into a “convoy”, the Modell Hohenlohe achieved the EMAS registrations of small and micro enterprises and also agricultural farms. An external consultant guides the group to registration, and thus enables the exchange of experience, reducing external costs and determining comparable key figures. Small and medium sized enterprises can count on support from the Ministry of Environment and Transport of the Land of Baden-Württemberg in Germany of up to € 4,000. The organisers are constantly looking for interested companies to participate.

Read more (in German) at or contact directly



Key2Green is an umbrella organisation for seven regional networks of technical service providers, research institutions and enterprises, covering about half of Denmark. The network acts as a public private partnership aiming to stimulate sustainable business development. The core tool for the dialogue is the manual for the preparation of an environmental statement, which is also available in English.

Small and medium-sized companies find that they must use a disproportionate amount of time and resources on “reinventing the wheel” in transforming environmental initiatives into market benefits.
Those SMEs which operate only on the local market have particular need for local recognition for their activities – and this is what the Key2Green network offers. Enterprises pay an annual membership fee of € 300 and receive free assistance from the municipalities in organising their EMS. The organisers say that many participating companies found that good environmental management improved the financial performance of the enterprise. Authorities experience that investment in the network pays off through improved relations and eventually easier management of permits.

Key2Green seeks to pave the way towards EMAS for those companies, which have already completed several environmental statements, for example by recognising the environmental statement drafted from the manual as part of a step-by-step EMAS approach.



EMAS Capacity Building in the new Member States

In the framework of the EU-funded project, EMAS Capacity Building in the new Member States, INEM and its partner organisations have translated and adapted a guidebook to promote the uptake of EMAS in Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. This 20-page publication provides a brief overview of environmental management concepts and tools, economic and other benefits of environmental management systems, plus a step-by-step guide to implement an EMS and obtain EMAS registration. Furthermore the project aims to train a minimum of five experts in every participating country on an innovative EMAS application (Ecomapping / EMAS Easy) that requires minimum paperwork. The trained experts will provide coaching to 10 participating organisations (SMEs with minimum 10 and maximum 50 employees, minimum 50% national ownership) in each of the selected countries.
Read more about the project at INEM’s web site or about the EMAS easy methodology


The BEST Project of DG Enterprise

The “BEST Procedure” (i.e. benchmarking) project is carried out by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Enterprise Policy in close co-operation with an Expert Group made up of government representatives together with a representative from the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (UEAPME). A report describes and analyses good practice examples of public policies, programmes and initiatives (“framework conditions”) to encourage the voluntary uptake of environmental management systems (which can be of a formal nature like EMAS) in SMEs. A conference entitled "Towards Sustainable Production in SMEs" was organised in 2004 and provided recommendations on the subject. Read more about the conference and the final report of the Best project expert group on: /enterprise/environment/events/sme_conference/index.htm


The REMAS project

REMAS is the project title for a 3-year long examination of environment management systems currently in place in business and industry across key EU Member States. It aims to assess the possibilities to meet Article 10 of the EMAS Regulation and the link between environmental performance, legal compliance and an EMS. The project is funded by the EU LIFE Programme.

Study findings have shown that there is a correlation between the existence of externally verified environmental management systems and the operator's performance. However, no link could be made between the existence of externally verified environmental management systems and legal compliance. The REMAS project is therefore looking at how an EMS leads to direct improvements of the legal compliance record and whether this is achieved in a faster way than with the command and control approach.

The UK Environment Agency is leading this project with partners, SEPA (Scottish Environment Protection Agency), Irish EPA and IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment).

Companies operating in industrial manufacturing sectors are encouraged to join the study. Results are published on the project's website at


"EMAS Eastwards": Implications of the Spread of Voluntary, Standardised Environmental Management Systems in Central and Eastern Europe.

This is a project carried out in 2000 to collect and disseminate research findings and explore the wider implications of EMAS & ISO 14001 for application in Central & Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union.

The "EMAS Eastwards" pdf (PDF 251 Kb) project was carried out by the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics of Lund University (Sweden) and the University of Huddersfield (UK) with the support of an EMRICH grant from the Science and Technology Directorate of the European Commission.

EMASSER project was financed by the EU RECITE II programme and led by the City of Malmö. It looked at the implementation of EMAS in local authorities and SMEs and searched for ways to promote green procurement. The final guide is available here pdf in Spanish.


Project Acorn and the BS 8555 standard

“Acorn” is the name of a project whose main objective was to help British SMEs improve their environmental performance through a five-level approach to the implementation of an environmental management system (EMS) in line with ISO 14001, and a sixth level that facilitated external communication and registration to EMAS.

Once the project was completed a “not for profit” organisation, the Project Acorn Trust, was founded in order to develop a standard based on the project’s methodology. The standard BS 8555:2003 (Environmental Management System. Guide to the phased implementation of an environmental management system including the use of environmental performance evaluation) is now managed by the UK Institute for Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).

BS 8555 has five key Phases:

  1. Commitment & establishing the baseline
  2. Identifying & ensuring compliance with legal and other requirements
  3. Developing objectives, targets & programmes
  4. Implementation and operation of the EMS
  5. Checking, audit & management review

The final Phase, following successful completion of the above five, prepares for either EMAS registration or certification to the international standard ISO14001.

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