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"Step up to EMAS": Study on Guidelines for Transition from Non-Formal EMS and ISO 14001 to EMAS

 

  1. Overview of the three sections of the study
  2. Specific Information on each of the selected EMS

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Overview of the three sections of the study

 

Factsheets

Fact sheets provide key information on each selected EMS, EMAS and ISO 14001 in a comprehensive and structured way. This facilitates the understanding of each EMS individually and also enables the reader to make comparisons between the different EMS.

Throughout the documents, a colour-coding scheme is applied to facilitate understanding of the EMS:



The key components of each fact sheet are:

  • Overview: This section provides an overview of the EMS regarding its origin and development, its objectives, and the way it is implemented;

  • The EMS in brief: This section will provide the reader with information on the main elements of the EMS without having to read the entire factsheet;

  • Most important drivers and barriers: Motivations behind the adoption of an EMS (drivers) as well as reasons not to do so (barriers) are very often the same, irrespective of the EMS specifications. The most common drivers and barriers have been included in a list and are highlighted were applicable;

  • The EMS in detail: Based on the main EMAS steps and requirements, this section evaluates whether these requirements are fulfilled by the EMS in question. If it is indicated that a certain issue is required, this does not necessarily mean that it is required to the exact same extent or in the same form as under EMAS, but it shows that the same direction has been taken. Work carried out under the EMS in question would therefore be useful for a potential EMAS registration;

  • External audit/certification: This section looks into the external, third-party audit and certification requirements of each EMS. Where a regular third-party independent audit is required by the EMS this could facilitate the step-up to EMAS in the future if it could count towards an EMAS registration;

  • Similarities to EMAS: This final section serves as a basis to understand how similar the EMS is to EMAS.

1.2.3. Environnement (France)
Bayerisches Umweltsiegel (Germany)
BS 8555 (United Kingdom)
e+5 (Spain)
ECOCAMPING (Various countries)
EcoCompass (Finland)
Ecodynamic Enterprise label (Belgium)
Eco-Lighthouse (Norway)
ECOPROFIT (Various countries)
EcoStart (Finland)
EcoStep (Germany)
Ekoscan (Spain).
Environmental Diploma Göteborg (Sweden)
Green Dragon Environmental Standard (United Kingdom and Ireland)
Green Key (Various countries)
Green Office (Finland)
Green Network/Key2Green (Denmark)
Grüner Gockel (Germany)
Hackefors Model (Sweden)
QuB (Germany)

EMAS
ISO 14001

For a full description of each EMS click here

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Guidelines

In order to guide organisations in their step-up to EMAS, all main EMAS requirements are listed in the guideline documents and then compared to the corresponding requirements of the EMS in questions*. The selected EMS are compared to five main steps required for an EMAS registration: 1. Setting the baseline; 2. Planning; 3. Implementation; 4. Check and act; and 5. External recognition and environmental report.

Bayerisches Umweltsiegel (Germany)
e+5 (Spain)
ECOCAMPING (Various countries)
Ecodynamic Enterprise label (Belgium)
ECOPROFIT (Various countries)
Environmental Diploma Göteborg (Sweden)

For a full description of each EMS click here

 

Summary brochures

The summary brochures provide an overview of key information gathered on each EMS and ISO 14001 in relation to EMAS. The summary brochures make this information available in a structured and easy-to-understand manner. Readers that are interested in more detailed information may consult the factsheets and/or the guidelines, depending on the type of information that is required.

1.2.3. Environnement (France)
Bayerisches Umweltsiegel (Germany)
BS 8555 (United Kingdom)
e+5 (Spain)
ECOCAMPING (Various countries)
EcoCompass (Finland)
Ecodynamic Enterprise label (Belgium)
Eco-Lighthouse (Norway)
ECOPROFIT (Various countries)
EcoStart (Finland)
EcoStep (Germany)
Ekoscan (Spain).
Environmental Diploma Göteborg (Sweden)
Green Dragon Environmental Standard (United Kingdom and Ireland)
Green Key (Various countries)
Green Office (Finland)
Green Network/Key2Green (Denmark)
Grüner Gockel (Germany)
Hackefors Model (Sweden)
QuB (Germany)

ISO 14001

For a full description of each EMS click here

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*The exact elements that are included in the guidelines are based on the proposed EMAS III Regulation from April 19, 2009.

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