EMAS - Eco-Management Audit Scheme

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The history of EMAS

June 1993
Council Regulation 1836/93 adopted on 29 June 1993. It creates the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) with a view to allow companies to voluntarily participate in an environmental management scheme. It is open to industrial sector companies operation in the European Union and the European Economic Area (EEA).

Set up of the structures for the implementation of the scheme: Competent Bodies, Accreditation Bodies.

April 1995
EMAS is open for participation by companies of the manufacturing sectors

Commission recognises EN ISO 14001 as a stepping-stone towards participating in EMAS.

Consultation process for the review of EMAS begins : DG Environment carried out a series of consultations with all relevant stakeholders in order to gather their views concerning possible amendments to EMAS.

October 1998
The Commission presents a proposal for the revision of EMAS. This proposal goes through the legislative procedure of co-decision.

March 2001
EMAS II is born; the new EMAS regulation is adopted by the Council and the European Parliament.

September 2001
The Commission adopts technical guidance documents for the implementation of the scheme.