It was a real pleasure for me to open the 2012 EMAS Awards in Brussels. I was pleased about the positive visibility the EMAS Awards created for the nominated EMAS registered organisations. Therefore I am happy to announce to you that we have revised the EMAS Awards and came up with a new format. This in order to make the EMAS Awards accessible to a broader range of EMAS registered organisations. The new overarching theme for the upcoming EMAS Awards is 'Effective eco-innovations supporting improvements in environmental performance'.In order to enhance the visibility of the EMAS community even more, we decided to link the EMAS Awards to the 2014 Industrial GreenTec fair in Hannover, Germany.
I am convinced that the Industrial GreenTec can be an important catalyst in the context of EMAS because it helps to bring the EMAS community in contact with key stakeholders from manufacturing, commerce and the relevant industry associations. The fair can also be instrumental for exchanging innovative ideas and turning them into fully developed eco-innovative solutions. That is why I am delighted to be the official patron of the Industrial GreenTec and the EMAS Awards in 2014. The Industrial GreenTec fair will take place from 7-11 April 2014. The EMAS Awards will be handed out to the winners on the evening of 7 April 2014.
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 7 February 2014. If you are curious about the winners of the previous edition of the EMAS Awards you can browse the EMAS Awards 2012 booklet to find out more about them. When doing so you will undoubtedly find that all EMAS Awards nominees and winners are role models, demonstrating that improving your environmental performance pays off – for your business and for our environment.
European Commissioner for the Environment