Grüneberg waste management Germany
A well-structured EMAS is a very precious tool for steering, managing and optimisation all levels and activities with environmental criteria. This is even more valid for cost accounting and risk assessment.
8. Link EMAS to normal business practise
HBG Teichwolframsdorfer Agrar Gmbh agriculture Germany
The introduction of EMAS has changed our 'climate' in the company. Motivation of staff is perceptible and obvious. Our legal compliance and its constant surveillance improved management practice.
9. Modernising of horizontal management
ASER - recycling of lead and zinc - Spain
Our EMAS registration has enabled us to integrate environmental protection in the global management of our company (manufacturing, maintenance, supply chain, laboratories, etc.). It has also improved the communication and collaboration between departments and our employees of the company.
10. Positive reaction from the market
Hotel Virginia - hospitality - Greece
We participate and contribute with EMAS to solving the environmental problems of our country like water shortage and air pollution, waste, etc. Some of the tourist industry as well our guests positively support us and do excellent promotion for us.
11. EMAS brings competitive advantage
PEGOP Pego Power plant - energy - Portugal
With EMAS our business image and our relationship with the local community and environmental awareness of staff have undoubtedly improved. In addition, the Environmental Management System (EMS) has helped us to organise and control our activities more efficiently, thus contributing towards business optimisation.
12. Integrate stakeholder concerns
Barricalla of Collegno - landfill Italy
As a landfill of hazardous waste we were very badly viewed by the local community. The publication of our EMAS environmental statement has notably improved our relationship with them.
13. Use and apply the sense of responsibility
The European Christian Environment Network
Ecological consciousness and good will are often present in the churches. However, the ecological improvements undertaken are not satisfactory due to lack of information and of clarity as to who is responsible. Here is where the introduction of an environment management system can help.
The European Union and the International organisation for Standardization (ISO) have developed methods which have been tested in the production economy, and since then also in the area of services. Trials of these methods are just beginning in church organisations. In church and diaconal work, the sense of responsibility for the creation in daily life and the participation of employees and volunteers are central to these efforts.
14. Other factors contributing to success
The following are a summary of key factors expressed by the organisations above and EMAS experts involved in the work this Toolkit:
- Commitment of top management
- A home-grown, simple and appropriate approach:
EMAS must fit with your company, and not the other way around!
- View environmental management as an opportunity and not a threat!
- Make sure that environmental goals are compatible with economic goals
- Take the time to do it properly!
- Experience with the general management system approach
- Open and honest communication about environmental issues