Environment

Publications & studies

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

Reinforcing Added Value for EMAS (RAVE)

The study explores measures for strengthening EMAS Added Value to authorities and organisations. It investigates in particular three aspects: the potential of regulatory relief in driving EMAS registrations and bringing benefits to authorities, the capacity of EMAS to facilitate reporting to authorities and its capacity to trigger business opportunities. The experience of 11 Member States is presented and best practices are highlighted to help Member States make the best use of EMAS.

Download the full report here: EN
And its separate annexes:

  • Annex II: Compendium of regulatory relief measures
  • Annex III: Best practices and justifications
  • Annex IV: Innovative proposals
  • Annex V: Compendium of reporting obligations
  • EMAS & Circular economy

    The report highlights the contribution of EMAS organisations to the circular economy. The example of leading organisations is used to illustrate how organisations can implement a circular economy strategy, in 5 easy steps. It also features case studies and guidance for EMAS organisations willing to make their environmental management system more circular. But the report targets also non registered organisations and authorities which may use EMAS to achieve greater resource efficiency.

    Download the report here: EN
    Download the summary Fact Sheet here: Fact Sheet

    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 for organisations

    This presentation gives a short introduction to EMAS, its objectives and benefits, and the registration process. You can use this presentation to learn more about EMAS or explain it to your stakeholders, especially if you are considering joining the scheme.

    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 Presentation for public authorities

    This presentation has been developed to explain briefly EMAS and its benefits for public authorities. The links of EMAS with other policies is highlighted as well as its added value compared to other instruments. You can use the presentation to assess how relevant EMAS can be to you, and how you could support the scheme, based on the experience of other Member States.

    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 Circular Economy” (2017 version)

    Fact Sheet "The revised Annexes of the EMAS Regulation" (2017 version)

    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.