Step by step to EMAS
Lay the foundation for effective environmental management under EMAS.
- Define EMS scope: Consider internal/ external factors, compliance obligations, organisational units, activities, products, services, and control.
- Determine entities to register with EMAS: Include co-working spaces and "ghost" kitchens. Highlight the cluster concept and conduct an environmental review to establish your EMS.
- Perform an environmental review: Analyse your organisation's environmental aspects, impacts, and performance related to activities, products, and services.
- Ensure transparency: Declare EMAS implementation, register entire sites, provide clear descriptions of the registered entities for verifiers and Competent Bodies.
- Multi-site considerations:If your organisation operates in multiple sites, decide whether to register sites individually or as a single organisation, considering criteria based on product/services and management systems.
Compose a clear framework and commitments for environmental protection within your organisation.
- Establish environmental policy: Outline your organisations commitments and approach towards environmental protection. Include commitments to legal compliance, pollution prevention, and continual improvement.
- Involve top management: Define your organisation’s core identity for environmental protection. Ensure successful implementation and alignment with your corporate culture.
Set up a comprehensive plan to improve your organisation’s environmental performance.
- Set clear objectives: Define specific environmental goals that align with the organisation's mission and values, ensuring they are measurable and focused on improving environmental performance.
- Identify relevant measures: Determine practical actions and initiatives that address key environmental aspects, considering best practices, industry standards, and legal requirements.
- Establish implementation framework: Assign responsibilities, allocate necessary resources, and develop a timeline for implementing measures, while establishing a monitoring and review process to track progress and make adjustments as needed.
Systematically identify, manage, and improve your organisation's environmental performance, ensuring compliance with applicable regulations, reducing environmental impacts, and promoting sustainability.
- Define roles and responsibilities: Clearly define the tasks, authority, and resources required for effective environmental management.
- Determine compliance obligations: Identify and evaluate legal and environmental requirements to ensure compliance.
- Engage employees and provide training: Involve employees at all levels, assess training needs, and promote environmental awareness.
- Establish communication procedures: Develop internal and external communication channels to share information, engage stakeholders, and publish environmental statements.
Assess the organisation's environmental management system and performance to ensure compliance, identify areas for improvement, and provide management with necessary information for evaluation.
- Establish an internal environmental audit procedure: Develop a documented procedure for systematically evaluating the organsation's environmental performance and management system.
- Conduct systematic evaluations: Perform objective and periodic assessments of the organisation's environmental performance, ensuring compliance with EMAS requirements and proper implementation of the management system.
- Set up an audit program: Establish a plan outlining the scope, frequency, and methods of internal audits, allocating necessary resources, and identifying preventive measures.
- Perform regular internal audits: Carry out audits on a yearly basis to assess significant environmental aspects, identify weaknesses or non-conformities, and propose corrective actions for improvement.
- Document findings and propose corrective actions: Record the results of the environmental audits, summarise them in a report, and suggest appropriate measures to address identified issues and enhance environmental performance.
Provide a transparent overview of your organisation's environmental performance and promote accountability and continuous improvement in environmental management.
- Prepare environmental statement: Compose a comprehensive document that outlines the organisation's activities, environmental impacts, and implemented measures to mitigate those impacts, effectively communicating the organisation's environmental performance.
- Minimum requirements for the environmental statement: Ensure compliance with regulatory authorities' minimum requirements by including key information such as energy consumption, waste generation, and greenhouse gas emissions in the environmental statement.
- Core indicators and other relevant environmental performance indicators: Include essential metrics like water usage, carbon footprint, and air emissions as core indicators in the environmental statement. Additionally, consider incorporating other pertinent environmental performance indicators that align with the organisation's specific activities and environmental impacts.
Assess and validate your organisation's compliance with EMAS requirements, legal regulations, and environmental performance improvements.
- Determine accreditation requirements based on NACE codes: Understand the specific criteria for accrediting environmental verifiers that match the organisation's NACE code.
- Select an accredited verifier specialised in the organisation's NACE code: Choose a certified environmental verifier who has expertise in the organisation's specific NACE code.
- Collaborate with the verifier to ensure compliance and prepare for assessment: Work closely with the verifier to develop the assessment and audit program, provide necessary documents, and ensure compliance with EMAS and legal requirements.
- Verify compliance, address non-conformities, and validate the environmental statement: Conduct the verification process to confirm compliance with EMAS and legal requirements, address any identified non-conformities, and validate the accuracy of the environmental statement.
Provide official recognition and documentation of an organisation's compliance with the EMAS Regulation and its commitment to environmental management.
- Submit application to the Competent Body: Submit your application for registration to the locally responsible Competent Body, providing all required documents and information.
- Verification and evaluation by the Competent Body: The Competent Body checks the submitted documents, verifies the implementation of the environmental management system, and ensures compliance with EMAS requirements. The Competent Body also considers any relevant complaints or breach of legal requirements.
To understand the detailed steps involved in the EMAS registration process, refer to our comprehensive EMAS User's Guide.
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