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About the Awards

History and idea behind the EMAS Awards

In 2005 the European Commission decided to reward the excellent work of EMAS registered organisations in environmental protection by introducing the EMAS Awards. From 2005 to 2012 the EMAS Awards recognised outstanding achievements in one particular environmental management aspect each year. Among the aspects that have been in the spotlight are resource efficiency and waste management. After 2012, the format for the EMAS Awards was revised and was assigned the more general theme 'Effective eco-innovations supporting improvements in environmental performance'. The event is a cornerstone for the promotion of the scheme and of the Awards winners, as well as a platform facilitating the dialogue between key stakeholders. It is an opportunity for EMAS registered organisations to share and promote their best environmental management practices.

How to apply

Participation in the European EMAS Awards is open to all EMAS registered organisations that are nominated for this Award by the Competent Bodies of their country, either following a national EMAS Award contest or on the basis of an assessment carried out by the Competent Body. EMAS registered organisations can enter the competition by completing the application form and submitting it together with supporting information to their national Competent Body by 30 January 2015. For further information on the nomination process in EU Member States and EEA countries please contact the EMAS Helpdesk or your national Competent Body.

EMAS Awards categories

Per country, one organisation of each of the following six categories can be nominated by the national Competent Body (Bodies).

Organisations from the private sector:

  1. micro-organisations - employing fewer than 10 persons and having an annual turnover and/or annual balance sheet not exceeding 2 million €.
  2. small organisations - employing fewer than 50 persons and having an annual turnover and/or annual balance sheet not exceeding 10 million €.
  3. medium sized organisations - employing fewer than 250 persons and having an annual turnover not exceeding 50 million €, and/or an annual balance sheet not exceeding 43 million €.
  4. large organisations - employing more than 250 persons and having an annual turnover exceeding 50 million €, and/or an annual balance sheet exceeding 43 million €.

Organisations from the public sector:

  1. small organisations - governing less than 10.000 inhabitants and/or employing fewer than 250 persons and having an annual turnover not exceeding 50 million €, and/or an annual balance sheet not exceeding 43 million €.
  2. large organisations - governing 10.000 or more inhabitants and/or employing more than 250 persons and having an annual turnover exceeding 50 million €, and/or an annual balance sheet exceeding 43 million €.