Environment

Revised annexes of the EMAS regulation published

EMAS organisations have until 14 September 2018 to comply with new requirements

On 15 September 2015 the ISO 14001:2015 standard was officially published. As the EMAS regulation’s annex II incorporates the requirements of an environmental management system according to ISO 14001, the Commission has since been working closely with Member States to integrate the revised ISO 14001 into the EMAS regulation. The revision process is now complete and the updated annexes of the EMAS regulation are available in the Official Journal of the European Union (Link).

The EMAS Helpdesk has published a Factsheet (Link) that summarises the main changes that have been made to the annexes. The Factsheet shows that EMAS registered organisations will need to make few adaptations to satisfy the new requirements of the ISO 14001:2015 standard and the revised annexes of the EMAS regulation. In addition to the current requirements of EMAS organisations will have to:

  • determine the organisational context of their environmental management system,
  • identify interested parties and their relevant needs and expectations,
  • consider a life-cycle perspective when assessing the significance of their environmental aspects,
  • determine the risks and opportunities related to their EMS.

  • Most of these changes apply to the environmental review and should then be reflected into the management system.

    Organisations that apply for an EMAS registration shall from now on comply with the revised annexes, while those that are already EMAS registered have been granted a transition period until 14 September 2018.

    For more information please see the Factsheet “The revised annexes of the EMAS regulation” (Link) and the official updated Annexes (Link).