A Brief Introduction to EMAS
The Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a voluntary scheme designed to facilitate the evaluation and improvement of environmental performance of organisations as well as the provision of information to the public and other interested parties.
The objective of EMAS is to promote continual improvements in the environmental performance of organisations by:
a) the establishment and implementation of an environmental management system
b) the systematic, objective and periodic evaluation of the management system
c) the provision of information on environmental performance and an open dialogue with the public and other interested parties
d) the active involvement of employees in the organisation, including appropriate training to make active involvement possible.
EMAS and ISO14001
EMAS was originally launched in 1995. It was revised in 2001 to incorporate ISO14001 as its environmental management system component. The inclusion of ISO14001 has helped EMAS in terms of raising general awareness of environmental management schemes. The two systems are complementary but EMAS is more rigorous in some areas. EMAS continues to be seen as more prestigious than ISO14001 in many Member States.
You can read more about EMAS here: EMAS - the eco-managment and audit scheme.