The European Commission sets an example by reducing the environmental impact of its own activities through EMAS. Key priorities are the efficient use of natural resources (mainly energy, water and paper), the reduction of overall CO2 emissions, waste prevention, recycling and re-use, green public procurement, and sustainable mobility.
In September 2001 the Commission decided to pilot the implementation of EMAS in three services in Brussels. Since January 2010, this system has progressively extended to all the services' activities and buildings in Brussels and Luxembourg, significantly increasing the number of concerned employees from 4 000 to approximately 31 000 persons. The European Commission obtained the renewal of its EMAS Registration in 2011 and extended the perimeter of EMAS to all of its services in Brussels (in relation to the five pilot services of the previous EMAS registrations). In 2012, the scope of the EMAS registration has been extended to all Commission’s services in Luxembourg. In 2013, the JRC-Petten joined as well, while in 2014 the JRC-Geel and JRC-Seville were also included under the EMAS scope.
In 2015, the remaining JRC-sites in Karlsruhe and Ispra in addition to the DG SANTE’s site at Grange have also successfully completed the EMAS verification exercise. Currently, the Commission's environmental management system covers all major EU EC-sites, meaning 62 buildings in Brussels, 6 buildings in Luxembourg, and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) sites in Petten, Geel, Seville, Karlsruhe, Ispra and DG SANTE’s site at Grange. In total, reaching up to 1 513 075 m2 – or 92% of the EMAS sites.
For the coming years, the Commission aims to further extend the scope of its EMAS registration and by doing so to ensure the continuous reduction of its environmental impact.
Since the first EMAS registration in 2005, the Commission has achieved significant results
(These results refer to the Brussels’ site during the period 2005-2014):
These impressive improvements result from a combination of technical measures and green public procurement as well as the personal commitment of our colleagues.
With direct costs of coordinating EMAS of under 66 € per person (2014), the European Commission has generated cumulative energy savings only in Brussels of 74 million € (around 336 € per person per year, 2005-2014).
Lastly, find out more about "EMAS as a resource efficiency tool: EU Institutions' success stories" as presented during the EMAS side session during EU Green Week 2014.Contact information:
European Commission - DG HR: Human Resources and Security
Unit D.2: Working Environment & Security
Rue Montoyer 34, MO34 01/78, B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
NOTE: Please only use this contact only when you want to get into contact directly with the team dealing with the Environmental Management System of the European Commission premises. e.g. when you are a Commission employee or contractor, or you are a neighbour who wants to make the environmental team aware of environmental issues.
More information can be found in the following documents:
Other EU institutions are also responding to the challenge of taking responsibility for their environmental impacts. As a matter of fact, the Commission EMAS team members are proud and honored to have served sometimes as 'mentors' to their colleagues in setting up the scheme in other institutions: