Member States have voiced concern with the Ecolabel and EMAS schemes stating that they are actually holding the states back in making environmental progress rather than assisting them in moving forward. They state that there is an ‘administrative burden’ and that the systems are not performing on as large a scale as expected.

The EU Eco-management and audit scheme (EMAS) has the potential to help any organisation improve its performances related to biodiversity.by integrating references to biodiversity in the initial environmental review and in the final reporting of registered organisations, EMAS provides a coherent framework within which to address biodiversity aspects in an inclusive manner. This guidance document is useful to those professionals involved in identifying and addressing the biodiversity related aspects which can be complex for any organisation.

Climate reporting emerges as an area that is frequently in the spotlight when it comes to an organisation’s environmental performance. The Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol) first established in 2001 is the most widely used international accounting tool for quantifying and measuring greenhouse gas emissions. When using this tool an organisation lists all greenhouse gas emissions resulting from its activities as well as information on the management’s approach to reduce them.

You can now access a variety of materials online following the high level EMAS conference where celebrated its 20th anniversary where participants look at the scheme’s achievements and also looked forward to its contribution to the circular economy and energy efficiency.  See also the latest video on EMAS.  With EMAS being applied to over 4 000 organisations on 7 000 throughout the EU.

Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), the EU's environmental management instrument, an international conference was held at the new European Central Bank (ECB) premises in Frankfurt (Main) on 13th November 2015.