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EMAS Newsletter – Issue 02 / June 2015

Dear EMAS Community,

Spring is a time for renewed energy and fresh growth. Just as the trees and fields are turning green, we can think about how to make our actions, services and processes greener. This issue gives special attention to the achievements of some of our greatest frontrunners.

Several events are taking place over this period that all have one thing in common: they are celebrating the accomplishments of dedicated members from our EMAS community. Annual EMAS Conferences are taking place in Berlin, Vienna and Milan. The Annual EU EMAS Awards ceremony also took place on 20 May in Barcelona, as part of the 18th Forum on Eco-Innovation.

The 10th EMAS Awards focused on effective eco-innovation supporting improvements in environmental performance. The Awards jury selected the winners for each of the six categories out of 22 excellent nominees from 9 Member States. Awardees from Austria, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain were called on stage to collect their trophies and certificates. These EMAS Award winners demonstrate what the circular economy is all about. We can salute their vision, commitment and results. They should serve as an example to others looking to do business in the sustainable, low-carbon economy of the future.

The EMAS Helpdesk has produced a video highlighting how EMAS can bridge business opportunities and environmental performance for participating organisations. The small and large organisations that feature in this video all demonstrate that being EMAS registered can save resources and money. EMAS also helps registered organisations to have lower environmental impacts and to become legally compliant. I am proud that we are able to showcase the achievements of these frontrunners on our EMAS video page and invite you to have a look at them. Watch out for our coming campaigns, you might be one of our next #EMASperformers!

Enjoy the read!

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


  EMAS News

Winners of EMAS Awards 2015 announced

We all have a reason to celebrate, since this year’s nominated organisations have shown yet again that going green can also mean being a pioneer in eco-innovation and a front runner in your sector.

Status of Sectoral Reference Documents

The SRD on Retail has been adopted by the European Commission on 20 May; you can find it here.

For the SRD on Tourism, the European Commission is in the last stages of preparing the final document. More information can be found here.

The Road to Barcelona I+II

Because Barcelona hosted this year’s EMAS Awards, two special reports feature Catalonia’s considerable number of EMAS registered organisations as well as Club EMAS’ facilitating role in bringing together multiple EMAS stakeholders to share knowledge and experiences.

Austrian EMAS conference 2015

When EMAS stakeholders came together in Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace on 27 May, this annual EMAS conference not only acknowledged national awardees but also recognised the significance of 20 years of the European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme.

New EMAS video showcasing top EMAS performers

You can learn all about how these SMEs and large organisations have already benefited from EMAS here. Want to have the chance for your organisation to feature in another upcoming campaign? Then send your achievements to the EMAS Helpdesk!


15-19 June 2015

Brussels, Belgium

EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015

Take part in shaping Europe’s sustainable energy future! This year's events will bring together public authorities, energy agencies, research organisations, NGOs, businesses, and private consumers to share best practices and inspire new ideas about secure, clean and efficient energy.

2 July 2015

Milan, Italy

Conference on "Environmental Management: What is changing in Public Policies and Corporate Strategies".

This international conference will take place at Milan's Bocconi University on 2 July. Highlighted topics include environmental footprints, the EU Ecolabel, EMAS, and ISO 14001 certifications. Participants can gain useful insights into upcoming changes to environmental management systems and the resulting implications for all stakeholders.

6 July 2015

Milan, Italy

Workshop on best environmental management practice in agriculture

The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission and the Directorate-General for the Environment are organising a workshop on "Best practices in improving the sustainability of agriculture" that will take place on 6th July 2015 (11.00-13.30) in Milan, Italy at the EU Pavilion of EXPO Milano 2015.

7-8 July 2015

Brussels, Belgium

Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation (CAPS) 2015

The event will start with a Conference in the morning of July 7 at the European Commission (Centre Albert Borschette), and continue in the afternoon with The CAPS2015 OFF Programme until the whole day of July 8 at La Tricoterie, Brussels. This year’s theme is Networked Social Responsibility but all CAPS topics - from collective intelligence to social innovation through participatory democracy - will also be explored.

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.

14-15 September 2015

Brussels, Belgium

Info Day on the Horizon 2020 Work programme 2016-2017 ‘Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy’

The event targets potential applicants to the calls for project proposals under the H2020 challenge ‘Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy’. The new Work Programme for 2016-2017 in the area of H2020 energy research will be presented on 14 September, while in-depth sessions on various calls of the Work Programme will be held on 15 September.

13 November 2015

Frankfurt, Germany

Save the Date! 20 years of premium environmental management - High Level Conference on EMAS

The European Commission and the European Central Bank are holding a High-Level conference on EMAS in Frankfurt on 13 November 2015 in the brand-new sustainable buildings of the European Central Bank, to celebrate 20 years of premium environmental management: learning from front runners, promoting best practices and exploiting the full potential of green growth.

  • Registration will open soon!

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