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EMAS Newsletter – Issue 05 / December 2012

Dear EMAS Community,

2012 ends with a highlight for us! It was a real pleasure for me to open the 2012 EMAS Awards on 29 November. This year, the awards ceremony was held at the beautifully restored historic complex "Les Halles des Tanneurs" in Brussels, Belgium.

I want to extend my congratulations to all of the companies and organisations that won this year's EMAS Awards. Thank you, too, to all the guests who let us know how much they enjoyed the event. We had a great time hosting it. The EMAS Awards' topic this year was water management - a fitting theme as 2012 is also the European Water Year. The European Commission has recently published a Blueprint to Safeguard Europe's Water Resources. In the Blueprint actions that concentrate on better implementation of current water legislation are outlined. All EMAS registered organisations in general, but the EMAS Awards nominees and winners in particular, are already role models when it comes to implementing many of these water efficiency measures.

I commend all nominees and winners for their hard work and persistence in becoming more sustainable organisations.

Enjoy our last newsletter of the year, and have a happy holiday season and good start to the new year!

Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment


  EMAS News

Commission announces EMAS Award winners

Nominees and guests gathered in Brussels on the 29th of November to find out the winners of the 2012 EMAS Awards which focused on water management.

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EMAS registration for Italian racetrack

Ferrari's Mugello racetrack in Tuscany is the first racetrack to be EMAS registered. To increase sustainability, Mugello is now implementing measures to reduce resource consumption, including generating energy with photovoltaic cells.

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UPM registers first non-European site with EMAS Global

A UPM pulp mill in Uruguay is the first company site outside of Europe to be included in the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme.

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Belgian hotel group sets innovative examples for EMAS in the tourist sector

All ten houses and one spa of the Belgian Martin's Hotels group have successfully registered with EMAS.

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  News on Sustainable Production and Consumption from the Web


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16-18 January 2013

Salzburg, Austria

12th International Electronics Recycling Congress IERC 2013

More than 500 experts from industry, authorities and academia will be discussing the latest information and challenges of the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) recycling. Afterwards, participants can join a tour of some production sites in Salzburg, as well as the airport and congress.

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18-27 January 2013

Berlin, Germany

International Green Week Berlin

This is the world's largest fair for food, agriculture, and horticulture. IGW is also the point of origin for the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture with more than 60 departmental ministers. The event's partner country this year is the Netherlands.

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23 - 24 January 2013

Milan, Italy

3rd Annual Biofuels Summit

Various environmental leaders, CEOS and companies will gather to discuss the future of biofuels in the automotive industry, the international biofuels trade, and the future of aviation biofuels.

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1 -6 February 2013

Gothenburg, Sweden

ISO TC 207/WG 5 – ISO 14001 revision meeting

Various representatives of European and worldwide standardisation bodies will discuss the latest working draft of the revised ISO 14001 standard before moving into a draft standard. Considering the fact that ISO 14001 is an integral part of EMAS this is a very important opportunity for the EMAS community to liaise with their national standardisation bodies and brief them about elements they would like to have included in the revised standard.


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