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EMAS Newsletter – Issue 06 / December 2013

Dear EMAS Community,

We are ending the year with several very exciting developments in our community, all furthering the visibility of EMAS! Firstly, since 19 November the EMAS presence on Facebook - the "Sustainable Production and Consumption Unit" page - has merged with the EU Ecolabel and changed its page name to "EMAS & EU Ecolabel". Thanks to all the followers who "liked" us under our prior name. You can now use the re-named platform to exchange views both about the EU Ecolabel and EMAS. Please "like" the new page, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Furthermore, the European Commission would like to inform EMAS registered hotels and other accomodations in particular about an opportunity to promote your environmental performance! The Commission has been receiving inquiries from hotel booking portals that are interested in using environmental labels such as EMAS as a search category in their online booking engines. The Commission is currently checking the possibility of providing an automatically updated list of all EMAS registered hotels to booking sites such as HRS, Travelife and bookdifferent. In order to use this momentum of interest in sustainable tourism the Commission is currently developing suggestions of how to further support EMAS registered hotels in promoting their environnemental management efforts.

And last, but certainly not least, we are delighted to announce that the application phase for the EMAS Awards 2014 has been opened. The topic will be Effective eco-innovations supporting improvements in environmental performance. You can download the application form from the EMAS Awards website and send it to your national Competent Body until 7 February 2014. The EMAS Awards ceremony will take place on the evening of 7 April 2014, in the framework of the Industrial GreenTec fair in Hannover, Germany. This will provide an excellent opportunity for the EMAS registered organisations to network with other stakeholders in the green business community! To support networking and promotion activities, the European Commission also intends to host a stand at fair, presenting 'EMAS and Eco-Innovation'. 50 of the EMAS Awards nominees will be given the opportunity to present their organisation at this stand through roll-up banners sponsored by the European Commission. So don't miss this opportunity for some extra business publicity, and enter the EMAS Awards competition today!

For now, we wish you a happy holiday season, and as always…
Enjoy the read!

Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment


  EMAS News

First European Green Office Award

On 22 November 2013 the winners of the first European Green Office Awards were announced at a ceremony in Brussels. 22 nominees for the Award entered from six European countries representing companies from micro to large, NGOs and public sector institutions.

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Reduced Ecolabel fees for EMAS registered organisations

When applying for the EU Ecolabel, the European certification scheme for environmentally friendly products and services, EMAS registered organisations are now granted a 30 per cent reduction in certification fees.

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Best EMAS practice in food & beverage manufacturing

The European Commission is beginning the elaboration of its sixth Sectoral Reference Document which will present best practices in environmental management in the food and beverage manufacturing sector.

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  News on Sustainable Production and Consumption from the Web


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17-18 January 2014
Bucharest, Romania

AQUALIRES 2014 – New tools for sustainable management of aquatic living resources

The conference will bring together researchers, academics, professionals and local and central authorities to discuss emerging environmental issues for preserving water living resources (with focus on Danube River, Danube Delta and the Black Sea). The aim is to define new research priorities in sustainable water ressources management, exchange knowledge on new resources management tools and consider living resources as environmental and diversity indicators, among other topics.

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22-24 January 2014

Salzburg, Austria

13th International Electronics Recycling Congress IERC 2014

More than 500 industry leaders, together with representatives from authorities and academia from all over the world, are expected to gather at the IERC this year. The congress has become the international platform for discussion of the latest developments and challenges relating to worldwide Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).

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26-29 January 2014

Copenhagen, Denmark

FRESH and European Sustainable Events Conference 2014

The yearly FRESH conference will be held in Copenhagen this year, the European Green Capital 2014. The annual conference gives coverage to the latest techniques, tools and knowledge in conferences, meetings and events planning. It seeks to provide event designers, planners, producers and owners with information on fresh and applicable improvements.

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