Outcome of BEST Project:
Embedded programs found vital for uptake of EMS in SMEs
The Commission's DG Enterprise launched the results of the long awaited BEST Project in a conference in Brussels on 10 February 2004. The most important requirements for the uptake of Environmental Management Systems in SMEs are:
- Multi-stakeholder partnership of the government, the industry and the businesses shall be advocated.
- Promotional measures shall be integrated in wider environmental strategies
- Local Authorities and other stakeholders shall consider providing a package of direct subsidies, technical information, network approaches and sector specific initiatives
- The offer of benefits for businesses with an EMS
For more detailed information, read the presentations and proceedings of « Towards Sustainable Production in SMEs ».
Visit the Towards Sustainable Production in SMEs website
Download BEST Project Report
Innovative EU-LIFE projects involving EMAS
« A sustainable approach for the environment: LIFE and the Community Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) ».
Download LIFE projects brochure
EMAS for fisheries
The Italian EMAS Agency APAT (formerly ANPA) has published a manual for the application of EMAS to the fish farm sector. « Linee guida per l'applicazione del Regolamento EMAS al settore della Piscicoltura »
APAT EMAS publications download page (Italian)
EMAS in agriculture
The Agriculture Eco-audit internet portal is based on the Eco-Management and Audit-Scheme (EMAS II). It goal is to improve the environmental performance of agricultural enterprises. The site is in German.
Das Portal für das Agrar-Öko-Audit ist auf der Grundlage des Eco-Management and Audit-Scheme (EMAS II) aufgebaut. Das Ziel ist die Verbesserung der Umweltleistung in Landwirtschaftsbetrieben. « Praxisleitfaden zur beständigen Verbesserung der Umweltleistungen von Landwirtschaftsbetrieben »
Website: http://www.aoec.de (German)
EMAS Registration of the First Macrolotto of the Prato textile district, Italy
The industrial area known as First Macrolotto consists of a m2 600.000 industrial surface, on which 301 firms and 3,500 employees are active. The First Macrolotto established the non-profit Consortium for the Services of the First Industrial Macrolotto - Cooperative Consortium (CONSER) with limited liability.
CONSER aims to
- manage the realization of both the industrial and the fire-extinguishing aqueduct and the telematic network;
- improve the quality of those services which are supplied by such infrastructures;
- realize new centralized services to let the micro and small enterprises working in the First Macrolotto benefit from the economies of scale.
Öko Audit Konvoi Tübingen
A group of German SMEs joined together in a 'convoy' to implement EMAS. An initiative of the city of Tübingen, Germany.
Website: http://www.tuebingen.de/25_3960.html (German)
Environmental management of industrial estates
In 2002 Parc industriel de la plaine de l'Ain (PIPA) participated in a French pilot project to adapt the ecomapping methodology to industrial estates. The outcome of this project resulted in a step-by-step guide for environmental management for industrial estates based on the ecomapping partipatory approach.
Website: http://www.ecocartes-za.org (French)
This website is a resource on environmental management for camping sites. It offers ECOCAMPING guidelines in German, Italian and English.
Dogme 2000 for municipalities and the environment
Five Danish municipalities jointly committed themselves to an innovative environmental management system with tough environmental goals and extensive involvement of the citizens. The project is an excellent example of a successful combination between tangible and determined management and political will and craftsmanship.
Website: http://www.dogme2000.dk (Danish)
RISE - EMS awareness raising for trade union representatives
The Rise project aims to train trade union delegates about EMS Ecomapping, ISO 14001 and EMAS. Some organisations decided to implement EMAS upon initiative of their trade union representatives.
EMAS Peer review for cities
The EMAS Peer Review for Cities project aims to start and extend the implementation of EMAS in local authorities across Europe, with special emphasis on accession countries. The project aims also to further develop a step-by-step EMAS guidance and toolkit for cities.
Epicentre - Acorn BS 8550
These three initiatives take a staged approach to ISO 14001 and EMAS implementation that is especially suitable for for SMES and supply chain management.
BS 8550 is a British Standard published by the British Standards Institute that provides guidance in staged implementation of an environmental managemement system.
The phased EMS implementation approach used by BS 8555 and piloted through Project Acorn breaks down the process of installing a formal EMS into five levels. A sixth level allows organisations to develop systems, with the possibility of seeking recognition against the internationally accepted EMS standard, ISO 14001, or registering under the European EMAS Regulation.
The Epicentre Project focused on developing environmental performance indicators to drive continual improvement
BSI website: http://www.bsi-global.com
The Acorn Trust: http://www.theacorntrust.org
EU-LIFE Epicentre: http://www.life-epicentre.com
A pan-European Project managed by the Environment Agency for England and Wales. It is a three-year study into the benefits of environmental management systems in the context of regulation. Findings will be published in Autumn 2005.
The project aimed at developing the pan- European applicability of EMAS for local authorities.
A project for collecting and disseminating research findings and exploring the wider implications of EMAS & ISO 14001 for application in Central & Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union.
Programme for the promotion of EMAS in the Czech Republic.
Ecological land use planning.
EMAS for the social economy sector with the help of the federation of social economy organisations for waste recycling.
EMAS for the Port of Livorno in Italy. An EU-Life project.
The GREENPORT research project is promoting EMAS as the appropriate tool to management the environmental impacts of the Thessaloniki Port Ltd.
EcoCampus is an environmental management system and a scheme for further and higher education institutions. The scheme allows colleges and universities to be recognised for addressing key issues of environmental sustainability.
An Assessment of the Implementation Status of Council Regulation (No 1836/93) Eco-management and Audit Scheme in the Member States.
The State of EMAS in the EU:
Eco-management as a tool for sustainable development
Literature study for the 'Benefits and Challenges of EMAS II' conference in Brussels, 26 - 27 June 2002.