EMAS's achievements in the fourth quarter of 2021

Every three months, the European Commission looks back on progress made in promoting EMAS and environmental management

22nd EMAS Committee Members Meeting

The European Commission hosted the 22nd EMAS Committee and Expert Group in an online meeting on 25th November 2021. Some key topics were the use of the so-called “sampling method” for multi-site registrations, digital solutions for environmental management, the update of the user’s guide and possible synergies of EMAS with ongoing EU policy initiatives. Around 60 people participated in the meeting.

Following the Committee Meeting, the Meeting of the EMAS Forum of Competent Bodies was held on 26th November 2021. A focal point of discussion were technical aspects of the data update in the EMAS register and questions of interpretation with regard to EMAS registrations. Around 30 people attended the meeting.

New Statistics on EMAS Registrations Online

In October 2021, the EMAS network counted 3,887 organisations and 12,022 sites in total. 49 new organisations and 105 sites joined the EMAS scheme since the last statistical survey in June 2021. We are happy to welcome the new members in the network! The majority of registrations of new organisations are from Slovakia (15), Spain (11), Italy (6), Austria (5), Germany (4) and Estonia (3). The majority of new sites were registered in Slovakia (25), Germany (21), Austria (14) and Spain (11).

Learn more about the new EMAS statistics here.

Two New Sectoral Reference Documents (SRDs) adopted

The last two SRDs on the list of priority sectors selected were adopted and published in all official languages of the EU.

These documents provide guidance and inspiration to organisations on how to further improve their environmental performance. They include best environmental management practices (BEMPs), as well as appropriate sector-specific environmental performance indicators and benchmarks of excellence.

The EMAS Regulation requires, that if there is a SRD available for a specific sector, the assessment of the organisation's environmental performance needs to take into account the relevant document. The SRD on Telecommunications can also be useful for organisations of other sectors that store and process large quantities of data on their clients, supply chain and/or products such as public administrations, hospitals, universities, banks, manufacturers, retailers and other service companies.