Here you can find all further publications and studies that have been carried out on EMAS.
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:
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.
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 positive examples of biodiversity management here:HIPP (EMAS registered since 1995)
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
The EMAS leaflet provides a quick insight into the scheme. It includes benefits for participating organisations and detailed instructions on the steps to registration.
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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
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.
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)
Bayerisches Umweltsiegel (Germany)
BS 8555 (United Kingdom)
ECOCAMPING (Various countries)
Ecodynamic Enterprise label (Belgium)
ECOPROFIT (Various countries)
Environmental Diploma Göteborg (Sweden)
Green Dragon Environmental Standard (United Kingdom and Ireland)
Green Key (Various countries)
Green Office (Finland)
Green Network/Key2Green (Denmark)
Grüner Gockel (Germany)
Hackefors Model (Sweden)
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
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.