The JRC produces two documents describing the BEMPs for each sector: a concise Sectoral Reference Document (SRD), and a detailed technical report, called the "Best practice report".
The first one is the document mentioned in article 46.1 of the EMAS regulation. It needs to be approved by representatives of EU countries at the EMAS Committee and then officially adopted by the European Commission as a Commission Decision. This document describes briefly all the BEMPs identified for a certain sector and what are the conditions under which they can be applied. For each BEMP, it also lists what environmental indicators can be used to monitor its implementation and what are the benchmarks of excellence. The SRDs are officially published by the European Commission in all EU languages on the EU Official Journal.
This concise SRD is based on a much more comprehensive and detail technical report which is the direct result of all the research work carried out by the JRC for that SRD. This is called the "Best Practice report" and it follows the same general structure of the SRD but provides a much more detailed description of the different BEMPs according to the following common structure:
A description of the measure including some background and details on how it is implemented.
- Achieved environmental benefits
What benefits in environmental terms are achieved by implementing such an action.
- Appropriate environmental indicators
Which environmental indicators are used to monitor the implementation of the action and/or its environmental benefits.
Which values of the environmental indicators can be considered "excellence". These are not targets but what has really been achieved in the best implementations of such an action.
What are the impacts that the measure has on other environmental aspects.
Operational data that can help understand the implementation of a measure.
What are the conditions under which such a measure is applicable.
The cost and benefits of the implementation of a certain action in economical terms.
- Driving force for implementation
What was the driving force or rationale for the implementation of such an action.
Examples of organisation which have successfully implemented the action.
Reports, scientific articles, publications, …
Organisations interested in implementing the BEMPs are highly recommended to refer to the best practice report.
The best practice reports (when finalised) as well as the main draft versions are publicly available on this website. Other working documents are published in the pages dedicated to each sector (see Related content).