Navigation path

EMAS - Performance, Credibility, Transparency

Eco-label Environmental Compliance Assistance Program Green Public Procurement

Legislative texts


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: http://susproc.jrc.ec.europa.eu/activities/emas/index.html.

 

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.

See a full list of NACE codes in PDFpdf or HTML:

Download the Regulation 1893/2006 (Rev. 2) in the following EU languages : BG, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, ES, FI, FR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, SV


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.

EUROSTAT has set up a platform for the implementation process of the NACE Regulation Rev. 2.
You can also visit EUROSTAT's dedicated website where you can download all usefull documents.

 

EMAS Archives
16 July 2008. Commission proposal to revise EMAS
Commission Regulation (EC) No 196/2006 on the recognition of ISO 14001:2004

The Commission Regulation (EC) No 196/2006 of 3 February 2006 amends Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 761/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council taking account of the European Standard EN ISO 14001:2004.

It repeals the Decision 97/265/EC on the Standard EN ISO 14001:1996.
The Commission Regulation was published in the Official Journal L 32 page 4 of 4 February 2006 (available in all languages apart from BG, MT, RO). EN

Commission Decision 2006/193/EC on the use of the EMAS Logo on tertiary packaging

This Commission Decision allows the use of the EMAS logo (versions 1 and 2) on transport and tertiary packaging of EMAS registered organisations. The Decision 2006/193/EC has been published on Official Journal L 70 of 9 March 2006 and can be consulted on page 63 in all EU languages.
BG, CS, DA, DE, ES, ET, EL, EN, FI, FR, IT, LV, LT, HU, NL, PL, PT, SK, SL, SV,
MT and RO not available.

Commission Recommendation on environmental performance indicators

Commission Recommendation (EC) No 2003/532/EC of 10 July 2003 gives guidance in the selection and use of environmental performance indicators in EMAS. Standard indicators enable benchmarking among organisations attributed to the same sector. This decision was published in the Official Journal L 184 page 19 on 25 July 2003.

Download the Recommendation in these languages (192 kb each) : ES, DA, DE, EL, EN, FR, IT, NL, PT, FI, SV

NACE Regulation Rev. 1.1.

A full NACE code list can be found in Council Regulation No 3037/90 of 09/10/1990, OJ L 293 of 24 October 1990, as amended by the Commission Regulation (EEC) No 761/93 of 24 March 1993 and the Commission Regulation (EEC) No 29/2002. This Regulation is also referred to as Revision (Rev.) 1.1.
See a full list of NACE codes in PDFpdf or HTML:

Download the Regulation 29/2002 (Rev. 1.1) in the following EU languages : CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, ES, FI, FR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, SK, SL, SV

Commission Decision

Decision (EC) No 681/2001 on guidance for the implementation of Regulation (EC) No 761/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council allowing voluntary participation by organisations in a Community eco-management and audit scheme has been published in Official Journal L247 of 17 September 2001 on page 24 in all EU languages of the EU 15.

Download each guidance document in graphical version

Commission Recommendation

Recommendation (EC) 680/2001 of 7 September on guidance for the implementation of Regulation (EC) No 761/2001 (7/9/2001) of the European Parliament and of the Council allowing voluntary participation by organisations in a Community eco-management and audit scheme. This recommendation was published in the Official Journal L 247 page 1 on 17 September 2001 in all EU languages of the EU 15.

Download each guidance document in graphical version

EMAS II in the EEA

Regulation (EC) No 761/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 March 2001 allowing voluntary participation by organisations in a Community eco-management and audit scheme (EMAS). This regulation was published in the Official Journal L 114 page 1 on 24 April 2001 in all EU languages.

On 4 December 2002 a corrigendum to the EMAS Regulation was published in the Official Journal L327 on page 10 and is available in all EU languages.

Decision of the EEA Joint Committee No 16/2003 of 31 January 2003 amending Annex XX (Environment) to the EEA Agreement published in the Official Journal L94 of 10 April 2003, page 73 in all EU languages.

EMAS: the first Regulation

Council Regulation (EEC) No 1836/93 of 29 June 1993 allowing voluntary participation by companies in the industrial sector in a Community eco-management and audit scheme. This regulation was published in the Official Journal L168 of 10 July 1993, page 1-18 in the folowing EU languages: ES, DA, DE, EL, EN, FR, IT, NL, PT.