EMAS Regulation

The EMAS Regulation 1836/93 was first introduced in July 1993 as an environmental policy tool devised by the European Commission in a step towards fulfilling the Community’s goal of sustainable development. EMAS has been open for voluntary participation by organisations since April 1995, and its scope initially restricted participation to companies in the industrial sector.

In 2001 the revised Regulation (EC) No 761/2001 (“EMAS II”) was adopted. Its main elements were the extension of the scope of EMAS to all sectors of economic activity including local authorities, and the integration of the international environmental management system standard EN ISO 14001.

In 2009 the EMAS Regulation was revised and modified for the second time. Regulation (EC) No 1221/2009 (“EMAS III”) came into effect on 11 January 2010.

EMAS III includes the following new elements:

  • Revised audit cycles to further improve applicability for SMEs (click here for further information)
  • Corporate registrations to ease administrative and financial burdens on organisations with several EMAS registered sites
  • Environmental core indicators to adequately document environmental performance
  • Introduction of EMAS Global to make EMAS accessible to organisations and sites worldwide

You can find the latest and currently valid EMAS revision here: EMAS III Regulation in all community languages.