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EMAS Regulation

The revised Regulation (EC) No 1221/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2009 on the voluntary participation by organisations in a Community eco-management and audit scheme (EMAS III) entered into force on 11 January 2010.


EMAS Users Guide

The following Commission Decision 2013/131/EU was published on 19 March 2013 in the Official Journal L076:

  • COMMISSION DECISION of 4 March 2013 establishing the user's guide setting out the steps needed to participate in EMAS, under Regulation (EC) No. 1221/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2009 on the voluntary participation by organisations in a Community eco-management and audit scheme (EMAS).


Sectoral Reference Documents
Communication on the priority list for the adoption of sectoral reference documents

In December 2011, The Commission established the working plan setting out an indicative list of sectors for the adoption of sectoral and cross-sectoral reference documents, under Regulation (EC) No 1221/2009. The Communication was published in the Official Journal 358, pages 2 to 5.

The Sectoral Reference Documents (SRDs) will be elaborated for the following sectors, which has been identified as priority sectors:

  • Retail trade
  • Tourism
  • Construction
  • Public Administration
  • Agriculture — Crop production and Animal production
  • Food and beverage manufacturing
  • Car manufacturing
  • Manufacture of electronical and electric equipment
  • Manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment
  • Waste management
  • Telecommunications


Sectoral Reference Documents

In accordance with Article 46 of EMAS, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), in consultation with EU Member States and other stakeholders, is currently developing sectoral reference documents whose objective is to provide guidance to organisations and to facilitate the practical implementation of the requirements of EMAS.

The JRC identifies, evaluates and documents Best Environmental Management Practices (BEMPs) for different sectors, in close co-operation with the stakeholders concerned. To do so, the JRC follows a "frontrunner approach": it studies those techniques, measures or actions that are implemented by the organisations within the most advanced sectors in terms of environmental performance. The results of this work are sectoral reference documents, which provide information on best environmental management practice, use of environmental performance or core indicators for specific sectors, benchmarks of excellence and ratings systems identifying environmental performance levels.

In the first phase, four documents are being produced by the Joint Research Centre, as part of a pilot study on the development process for these reference documents:

These pilot documents may be used as templates for the future development of additional reference documents.

Further information on EMAS sectoral reference documents is available at:


EMAS Global Guidance

In December 2011 the Commission published the first guidance document in compliance with EMAS III regulation. Commission Decision 2011/832/EU of 7 December 2011 provides further clarifying information and guidance on Articles 3 and 46(4) of Regulation (EC) No 1221/2009 which allows EU corporate registration, third country and global registration.


NACE Regulation
List of NACE codes

EMAS registered sites are classified according to NACE codes. These codes represent the statistical classification of economic activities within the European Community.

On 1 January 2008, the classification changed considerably when NACE Regulation 1893/2006 (Rev. 2) had to be implemented fully. The changes have affected the classification of organisations and the scopes of verifiers, as well as statistics.
The impact of the Rev. 2 on EMAs has been described in a note to the Members of the Committee established under Regulation (EC) 761/2001.

Download the Regulation 1893/2006 (Rev. 2), including a full list of NACE codes.

Comparison table

A comparison table explains how NACE codes had to be transferred from NACE Regulation Rev. 1.1 to Rev. 2. The Member States are requested to use only the new classification as of January 1st, 2008.

The comparison table can be found here.

To learn more about the NACE Regulation Rev.2.

You can visit EUROSTAT's dedicated website where you can download all usefull documents.