A company wishing to implement an environmental management system can adhere not only to the international ISO 14001 standard, but also to the EU Regulation n° 761/2001 (Environmental Management and Audit Scheme – EMAS II). The two systems are very similar, so that the starting point for the EMAS registration of a site or organization is the implementation of an environmental management system according to ISO 14001 (Annex I to EC Regulation 761/2001).
In addition to what is required by ISO 14001, EMAS (Eco Management and Audit Scheme) requires:
- evaluation and management of indirect environmental aspects, i.e. those that are not under the direct operational control of the company (environmental impacts of the product, environmental impacts of the activities of suppliers, etc);
- strong involvement and awareness of employees;
- a more active communication outside the enterprise, embodied in the annual drafting of an Environmental Statement, which has to be made available to anyone who requests it. The Environmental Statement, validated annually by the Ecolabel and Ecoaudit Committee, provides the public and other stakeholders with useful information about the environmental impact and performance of the organization.
- drafting of the Environmental Analysis
- implementation of an environmental management system compliant with the EMAS Regulation;
- drafting of the annual Environmental Statement, until the final stage of approval by the Ecolabel.