Environment

Publications & studies

Here you can find all further publications and studies that have been carried out on EMAS.

EMAS & Biodiversity

The publication 'EMAS & Biodiversity - How to address biodiversity protection through environmental management systems' provides guidance to EMAS registered organisations when reporting on biodiversity. Many of the recommendations are also applicable to non-registered organisations.

Download the 2016 version here: EN, DE

Download positive examples of biodiversity management here:

HIPP (EMAS registered since 1995)
Kneissler Brüniertechnik (EMAS registered since 1997)
Rheinsberger Preussenquelle (EMAS registered since 2016)
Märkisches Landbrot (EMAS registered since 1995)

Drivers for EMAS Success: 3 Case Studies

The brochure Analysing the Success Drivers of EMAS in Selected Member States consists of three individual case studies carried out in Italy, Austria and Germany. The case studies investigate key drivers and initiatives that have allowed these Member States to achieve a highly successful uptake of EMAS.

You can download the complete brochure or the individual case studies: case study on Italy, case study on Austria, case study on Germany.

Compendium

The Compendium on EMAS Promotion and Policy Support gives an overview of instruments used in the Member States to support and reward the efforts of EMAS organisations. It explains the benefits of EMAS incentives for participating organisations and also for regulators and policymakers, providing a wide range of examples from the Member States.

Download the  online version 2015

3x3 Good reasons for EMAS

This EMAS brochure provides 9 reasons as to why a company or organisation should register for EMAS: resource efficiency, climate protection, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), legal compliance, supply chain management & Green Public Procurement (GPP), credible information, performance measurement, employee engagement, and stakeholder involvement. The new brochure also outlines the differences and complementarities of EMAS and ISO 14001. It gives a thorough explanation of each reason for registering with EMAS, highlights EMAS's defining characteristics and illustrates EMAS' stepwise implementation process.

Download the 2012 brochure here:  EN, FR, DE

EMAS in Germany Evaluation 2012

This study was commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety to evaluate the performance of EMAS in the national context. It is based on the findings of an extensive survey among German organisations concerning their usage of EMAS.

Download it here:  EN

EMAS Presentation

This presentation gives a short introduction to EMAS, its objectives and benefits, the historical development of the scheme, differences from ISO EN 14001, and presents the logo. You can use this presentation directly for your organisation's management, as it describes the various stages and responsibilities of people involved.

You can download this presentation in  PDF  format or PowerPoint  version to be able to adapt it to your needs. This presentation is available in English.

EMAS Leaflet

The EMAS leaflet provides a quick insight into the scheme. It includes benefits for participating organisations and detailed instructions on the steps to registration.

Download the 2011 version:

EN, BG, CS, DA, DE, EL, ES, ET, FI, FR, HU, IT, LT, LV, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, SV

Study on the costs and benefits of EMAS to registered organisations

This study analyses the costs and benefits as well as the incentives and barriers encountered by EMAS registrants. The study also identified best practices that help organisations to realise maximum benefits from the application of EMAS.

Download the 2009 version

Evaluation of EMAS and Eco-label for their Revision (EVER) study final report

This evaluation was conducted on behalf of the European Commission to inform on the performance of EMAS and Eco-label ahead of their revisions in 2009.

You can read the final recommendations, "final recommendations", the research findings, "research findings" and the executive summary ( EN, ES). In addition, Annex 1 summarises the interviews, Annex 2 the EVER workshop and Annex 3 collects case studies.

"Step up to EMAS": Study on Guidelines for Transition from Non-Formal EMS and ISO 14001 to EMAS

This study, launched by the DG Environment of the European Commission, provides valuable information for organisations that have already implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS) different than EMAS. It analyses the differences between EMAS and twenty of the most relevant regional, national or sector specific non-formal EMS, as well as EN/ISO 14001, and outlines a step-by-step approach that organisations can take in order to move from each EMS to EMAS. Implementing the premium standard EMAS can significantly add value to organisations.

For each EMS included in the study a fact sheet and a summary brochure have been developed. Special guidelines for a transition to EMAS were developed for selected EMS.

1.2.3. Environnement (France)

Fact sheet

Summary brochure

Bayerisches Umweltsiegel (Germany)

Fact sheet

Summary brochure

Guidelines

BS 8555 (United Kingdom)

Fact sheet

Summary brochure

e+5 (Spain)

Fact sheet

Summary brochure

Guidelines

ECOCAMPING (Various countries)

Fact sheet

Summary brochure

Guidelines

EcoCompass (Finland)

Fact sheet

Summary brochure

Ecodynamic Enterprise label (Belgium)

Fact sheet

Summary brochure

Guidelines

Eco-Lighthouse (Norway)

Fact sheet

Summary brochure

ECOPROFIT (Various countries)

Fact sheet

Summary brochure

Guidelines

EcoStart (Finland)

Fact sheet

Summary brochure

EcoStep (Germany)

Fact sheet

Summary brochure

Ekoscan (Spain)

Fact sheet

Summary brochure

Environmental Diploma Göteborg (Sweden)

Fact sheet

Summary brochure

Guidelines

Green Dragon Environmental Standard (United Kingdom and Ireland)

Fact sheet

Summary brochure

Green Key (Various countries)

Fact sheet

Summary brochure

Green Office (Finland)

Fact sheet

Summary brochure

Green Network/Key2Green (Denmark)

Fact sheet

Summary brochure

Grüner Gockel (Germany)

Fact sheet

Summary brochure

Hackefors Model (Sweden)

Fact sheet

Summary brochure

QuB (Germany)

Fact sheet

Summary brochure

EMAS

Factsheet

ISO 14001

Factsheet

Summary brochure

EMAS Registered Accommodation

Want to make your next holiday or business trip greener? In this leaflet you will find a list of EMAS registered holiday accommodation across the EU Member States.

Download the 2017 version 

Fact Sheets

In the fact sheets you will find detailed information on key EMAS topics. You can also easily turn them into hand-outs by printing and photocopying them on double-sided paper.

Fact Sheet "EMAS and the revised ISO 14001" (2016 version) - EN, IT, ES, FR, PL, DE (written by the German EMAS Advisory Board – UGA)

Fact Sheet “EMAS and Energy Management” (2013 version)

Fact Sheet “Greening the campus with EMAS” (2013 version)

Fact Sheet “EMAS in the tourism sector (2013 version)

Fact Sheet “EMAS and ISO 26000 (2013 version)

Fact Sheet "EMAS Global: Superior Environmental Management Worldwide" (2012 version)"

Fact Sheet "EMAS and ISO 14001: complementarities and differences" (2011 version)"

Fact Sheet "The links between EMAS and energy management according to EN 16001" (2011 version) – EN , FR, DE

Fact Sheet "EMAS Boosts Resource Efficiency" (2011 version)"

Fact Sheet “EMAS Benefits” (2011 version)

European Commission EMAS Environmental Statement 2016 (period 2015)

Here you can find the latest Environmental Statement of the European Commission in English, as well as the validated original version in  English.