EMAS - Eco-Management Audit Scheme

> overview
The EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a management tool for organisations to evaluate, report and improve their environmental performance. The scheme has been available for participation by companies since 1995  and was originally restricted to companies in industrial sectors.

Since 2001 EMAS has been open to all economic sectors including public and private services. In addition, EMAS was strengthened by the integration of EN/ISO 14001 as the environmental management system required by EMAS; by adopting an attractive EMAS logo to signal EMAS registration to the outside world; and by considering more strongly indirect effects such as those related to financial services or administrative and planning decisions.

Participation is voluntary and extends to public or private organisations operating in the European Union and the European Economic Area (EEA) — Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway. An increasing number of candidate countries are also implementing the scheme in preparation for their accession to the EU.