Cost and resource savings through efficiency

Be environmentally friendly AND save money?

EMAS offers organisations the management tools to save resources of all types  – from trees to euros. With EMAS, organisations can quantify their resource use and develop plans to improve their environmental performance, reaching environmental goals  while coming up with new, more efficient management processes.

In a survey of German EMAS registered organisations[1], 67% of respondents reported having achieved (very) high or medium energy cost savings. Emissions[2]  rank in second position among cost savings, followed by savings in the areas of waste and disposal as well as water and wastewater.

Across the EU, organisations report similar benefits with the help of EMAS. The scheme requires them to make continual performance improvements  and provides many support mechanisms. At national level, EMAS Competent Bodies in the Member States have guidelines for EMAS implementation  in certain sectors (for more information, please get in touch with your national Competent Body ).  At an EU level, the EMAS Best Environmental Management Practice documents  help organisations to fulfil the EMAS reporting requirements.

Examples of organisations achieving substantial resource and cost savings include:

For existing measures in your country, do not hesitate to contact your national Competent Body.

The Gloria Palace Hotel Amadores in Spain now obtains 22% of their energy consumption from renewable sources  which they operate themselves. Total cost savings since then have been approximately €300,000 annually  - so the investment has already more than paid for itself.

The Polish public organisation Regional Centre for Water and Wastewater Management Co. (RCGW S.A.) has developed a method for using processed waste  from the food industry to produce biogas. By 2015, their biogas production exceeded their energy consumption by 50%. RCGW invests the revenues gained from this excess into innovation research and projects to support the local community.

COMEXI Group Industries S.A.U. from Spain have developed a new type of printer  that eliminates the use of solvent based inks in the printing process, eliminating the emission of VOCs. This makes the printing process more energy efficient, consuming 40% less energy  than current printing systems. It also significantly reduces CO2  emissions by eliminating the need for end of pipe air emission treatments.

2. Cost savings in the area of emissions can be considered primarily as savings relevant to emissions trading or to emissions-related approvals (e.g. in accordance with BImSchG). However, it is not clear whether the (overall very high) cost savings from emissions reported here result entirely from the factors mentioned, or whether the respondents added other savings, such as in energy costs, to the area of emissions