The European EMAS ("Echo-Management and Audit Scheme") regulation defines a management and environmental audit scheme that is open to any type of organisation at an international level, regardless of its activity.
The environmental management model in this Regulation is based on ISO Standard 14001, and proposes an efficient system for helping organisations to manage and constantly improve their environmental performance. However, EMAS contains its own requirements, which turn it into a model of excellence for environmental management.
Benefits of the EMAS Regulation
In addition to the advantages associated with implementing an ISO 14001 environmental management system, the EMAS regulation helps organisations contribute to the development of a Circular Economy, since the EMAS:
AENOR offers the option to undertake an audit as part of a single, integrated process for obtaining the Environmental Management System Certification, as per
ISO 14001 and the EMAS Regulation.
In addition to being compatible with ISO 14001, EMAS also is compatible with other management systems, whether Environmental (Ecodesign, Energy Management), Quality (ISO 9001), or Workplace Health and Safety (ISO 45001). This optimises the audit process and reduces the time and expenses associated with both the implementation and the certification.
AENOR's EMAS Certificate demonstrates compliance with the requirements of Regulation 1221/2009 and its amendments as of the date of completion of the audit and validation of the Environmental Statement.
Once the AENOR verification has been carried out, the organisation can submit a request to the relevant organisation for admission to the EMAS register of the European Union, thus obtaining a license to use the EMAS logo.
Furthermore, organisations with management systems certified by AENOR have free access to the
AENORnet and a subscription to the
AENOR monthly magazine.
In Spain, AENOR is the first environmental verification organisation accredited by the Spanish National Accreditation Body (ENAC) to perform verifications and validations in accordance with the EMAS Regulation. Currently, AENOR is accredited by ENAC for all business sectors. AENOR has certified over 600 companies in this scheme since 1995.
AENOR is also actively involved in forums and projects related to the EMAS Regulation, contributing its experience as a certified monitor:
The goal of the ENHANCE (EMAS as a Nest to Help and Nurture the Circular Economy) Project is to improve the implementation of regional policy instruments for the adoption of EMAS by organisations, through the exchange of experiences and best practices related to the Regulation in the five participating countries.
The BRAVER (Boosting Regulatory Advantages Vis à vis Emas Registration) Project is a continuation of the BRAVE project. The goal of BRAVER is to identify and develop efficient mechanisms of regulatory relief, analyse their applicability and assess their benefits. This will entail designing and laying out training and dissemination tools to promote these best practices.
AENOR as an ENTITY COLLABORATING WITH THE GOVERNMENT on EMAS
AENOR, in addition to being an ENAC-certified monitor, is certified by some regional governments in Spain as a collaborating agency and has regulated EMAS verification activities in Valencia, Andalusia and Catalonia.
M-43 The EMAS Regulation and the Environmental Declaration