You can register your Company to EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) if you think your business protects the environment by consuming less energy and, consequently, you want to improve your reputation.
Benefits of EMAS registration for your companyEMAS can help your company:
cut costs related to resources and waste management
minimise environmental risks and danger of fines related to environmental legislation
comply with regulatory requirements
benefit from environmental regulatory relief (for example, reporting requirements and inspections)
improve relations with internal and external stakeholders
continuously improve your environmental performance
achieve a competitive advantage by enhancing your credibility, transparency, and reputation among your customers
EMAS's registration process is transparent and the environmental management system is verified by an independent third party, which guarantees the credibility of the scheme. Only registered organisations may use the EMAS logo.
Requirements for EMAS registrationTo obtain EMAS registration, you must take several steps, such as:
conduct an environmental review
adopt an environmental policy and programme in which you involve employees and external stakeholders
establish and implement an environmental management system
prepare an environmental statement
get the environmental management system verified and the environmental statement validated by an environmental verifier
For technical support and information on how to implement EMAS, you can contact the competent authority in your country: Choose country:
If you are an SME, you can benefit from several advantages when you register for EMAS:
You can carry out the EMAS full verification every four years, instead of every three
The time period for an internal audit can be extended from one year to two
You can publish your environmental statement every two years instead of every year, provided that you forward the non-validated, updated environmental statement to the Competent Body every year
Environmental verifiers take into account SMEs' specific characteristics when evaluating their environmental management system and report
Fees are designed to be proportionate to the size of the organisation
Some regions and EU countries offer financial support for your EMAS application. To find out if this applies to your country, you can contact the competent authority. Use the available tools and supportIf you plan to apply for EMAS registration, you can use EMAS Easy, which is a comprehensive tool for EMAS implementation. EMAS Easy helps your company to implement EMAS in a way that takes into account the size, financial capacity and organisational culture of small businesses. Consult the EMAS Easy guidance and follow the steps for EMAS registration. For further support for SMEs, check out the EMAS SME corner.