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EMAS Newsletter - Issue 03 / August 2012

Dear EMAS Community,

Everyone is talking about the green economy. At this year’s Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, this new sustainability concept was widely discussed among politicians, businesses and civil society organisations. In a green economy, businesses value the resources and ecological services that the environment provides for them and their customers, and account for the material and financial value that they extract from natural capital.

Environmental management schemes like EMAS directly address this critical intersection between the environment and economy. By enhancing their resource efficiency and greening their supply chains, EMAS registered organisations are actively reducing their environmental footprint and contributing to a more sustainable economic system. Find out more about EMAS’ role in the green economy in our first news item. And as always:

Enjoy the read!

Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment


  EMAS News

Towards a green economy with EMAS

The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the German EMAS Advisory Board (UGA) have just published a flyer highlighting the connections between EMAS and the Rio+20 goal of a “green economy”.

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Revision of ISO 14001

ISO 14001, the international environmental management system standard, is shortly to undergo its second revision. Planned improvements to the standard will bring it closer to EMAS’ requirements, which already include and supersede those of ISO 14001.

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The internet is becoming greener!

EuRid, the European Registry of Internet Domain Names, is the first European top level domain registry (.eu) to be EMAS registered.

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Eco-friendly hotels profit

Environmental protection pays off financially for hotels! Hotels in Spain that have environmental management systems in place are more profitable than those that do not, according to a recent study from Cornell University’s Center for Hospitality Research (CHR).

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  News on Sustainable Production and Consumption from the Web


Find out more...  Copenhagen beats Bristol and Frankfurt to win European Green Capital 2014, European
     Environment Agency

Find out more...  Green economy and recycling in Europe, Eionet

Find out more...  European Commissioner for Environment: Rio+20 outcome and follow-up, Europa Press      Release

Find out more...  Nitrogen oxide emissions still a major problem in Europe
     European Environment Agency




4 September 2012

Duisburg, Germany

VNU environmental verifier day

Apart from networking opportunities for appliers, auditors and verifiers, the conference offers presentations on new laws and regulations and on practical applications in environmental management. Topics discussed include water footprint, environmental footprinting and EMAS, Energy Management Systems in the context of EMAS and the upcoming ISO 14001 revision.

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13 September 2012

Berlin, Germany

Final Conference PrimeEnergyIT - Energy and cost efficiency in data centres - New trends, strategies and tools

The international conference provides a platform for IT hardware and infrastructure and procurement managers, consultants, and other IT experts to discuss the latest developments, chances and challenges concerning energy efficient data centres.

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22-23 October 2012

London, United Kingdom

7th annual Sustainable Supply Chain Summit

This industry conference brings together 200+ senior sustainability and procurement executives from large European brands to discuss proven best practice and innovative solutions on how to turn social and environmental supply chain risk into opportunity.

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