EMAS adds significant value to organisations. In order to unlock the full potential of the scheme, organisations should consider the following key success factors:
Successfully implementing an Environmental Management System (EMS) primarily depends on leadership. Commitment and support of top management are vital for the success of EMAS. Designating an EMAS management representative responsible for the system at the level of top management, and someone responsible for the day-to-day activities and functioning of the system is recommended.
Employee involvement and commitment is also a main element of EMAS. A successful implementation of EMAS also largely depends on skilled and experienced employees motivated to improve the environmental performance of their organisation. It is thus important to raise awareness of environmental protection and the need to manage the organisation’s impacts on the environment in order to achieve a change in the employees’ daily behaviour and mind-sets. Employee involvement and training under EMAS can also lead to improved employee morale and a better implementation of the EMS.
In order to achieve the full commitment of top management and employees to implement EMAS in the first place, it is important to be aware of the advantages of EMAS. For example, EMAS helps companies to optimise their production processes, reduce environmental impacts and make more effective use of resources. When developing and presenting the approach to environmental management it may be advisable to initially focus on the ‘quick wins’ in terms of environmental performance improvements. Further information on benefits is available here.
EMAS implementation and its continuous application require human resources, time, knowledge and (potentially external) expert advice as well as discipline and continuity. An accurate planning includes a thorough baseline assessment of the current environmental practice and performance is important to calculate the resources that are needed to implement and apply EMAS. The User’s Guide, case studies, leaflets, fact sheets and other support tools on this website can assist in that.
Internal communication is vital to ensure that management and employees are aware of the organisation’s environmental activities and goals.
External communication to a wide range of stakeholders (e.g. consumers, business partners) is important to raise interest in an organisation’s environmental activities and goals.
The environmental statement and the EMAS logo are valuable instruments for external communication.