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EMAS Newsletter – Issue 01 / January 2015

Dear EMAS Community,

I hope you had a great start to the New Year, filled with energy and renewed hope. I would like to encourage the whole EMAS family to join in our New Year´s resolution: to make greater efforts to achieve better environmental performance. We should all work together, from the smallest company to the largest organisation, to ensure that EMAS remains synonymous with excellence and high quality environmental management.

The last 12 months saw many great examples of how to contribute to higher levels of sustainable production and consumption among the EMAS Community. EMAS organizations have demonstrated considerable creativity and innovation in carrying out their activities. We were able to learn about some of these successful stories through our Newsletter: we learnt about the green printing of Druckerei Kern GmbH in Germany, with its energy-efficient innovations; the interesting history of the German Federal Cultural Foundation which, inspired by EMAS, used bees in a plan to engage employees in environmental issues; and Belgian EMAS company mcs Kick&Rush that showed their clients how to play environmentally friendly football.

The perfect marriage between EMAS and the tourism industry was evident last summer, from Santander and its beaches, where EMAS registration was successfully renewed for the eighth consecutive year, to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Berlin, which won the award as "Germany's leading business hotel".

EMAS companies won numerous awards and recognition. This started with the EMAS Awards ceremony which focused on effective eco-innovation supporting improvements in environmental performance. The Awards jury selected the winners for each of the six categories out of 29 excellent nominees from 14 Member States. EMAS companies were also present at the German CSR Award, the Catalan EMAS Awards and the A List released by the Climate Disclosure Project that includes the world’s corporate climate leaders.

The New Year brings many interesting developments, including an evaluation of EMAS by the Commission, the EMAS 20th Anniversary celebration, and the EMAS Awards ceremony in Barcelona in spring.

So, welcome on board for the New Year. I wish you a green and prosperous 2015!

Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries


  EMAS News


Serbia has being making great efforts to promote EMAS and engage Serbian organisations to adhere to the Scheme.

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EMAS Logo Generator updated!

The new version of the EMAS Logo Generator is already available for downloading at the Logo Corner of the EMAS website.

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EMAS industrial park showcased in real estate event

Parc Industriel de la Plaine de l'Ain (PIPA) was presented at „Le Salon de l’Immobilier d’enterprise (SIMI)“ landmark real estate exhibition in Paris. The event brought together hundreds of exhibitors and industry professionals.

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12 February 2015

Brussels, Belgium

Horizon 2020 – Smart Cities and Communities 2015 Work Programme

The Info Day and brokerage event aim at developing solutions that integrate energy, transport and ICT through lighthouse projects. More details about the objectives and requirements of the call will be given in the morning session. In the afternoon, a brokerage event will provide a chance for people to discuss, exchange ideas, network and meet potential partners to create new or strengthen existing consortia.

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25-27 February 2015

Madrid, Spain

Energy & Materials Research Conference - EMR2015

EMR2015 will bring together researchers and professionals from a broad set of science and engineering disciplines with the aim of sharing on the latest developments and advances in materials and processes involved in energy generation.

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24 March 2015

Frankfurt / Main, Germany

Environmental Verifier Day

IHK in Frankfurt will be the venue for the annual environmental manager day and the general assembly.

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20-22 May 2015

Barcelona, Spain

EU EMAS Awards Ceremony and 18th European Forum on Eco-innovation

The EU EMAS Awards Ceremony, the ETV handing-out of Statements of Verification and the Retail Forum will take place in Barcelona, Spain, from 20 to 22 May 2015 in the context of the 18th European Forum on Eco-innovation.

A common registration process has been created. Visit the EMAS website and the European Forum on Eco-Innovation website to stay up to date.

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9-12 July 2015

Brighton, East Sussex, UK

European Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment 2015 (ECSEE2015)

This international and interdisciplinary conference will again bring together a range of academics and practitioners to discuss new directions of research and discovery in sustainability, energy & the environment.

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  News on Sustainable Production and Consumption from the Web


Find out more...  More eco-efficient and sustainable WWTPs, artICA4nr blog

Find out more...  Europe's circular economy looks to secure the future for eco-innovation, ClickGreen

Find out more...  Green public procurement – a rich harvest, Malta Today

Find out more...  To feed the world, food and agriculture industry must embrace innovation, The Guardian

Find out more...  EU biofuel production could rise without adding to deforestation, study says, businessGreen



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