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About EMAS

What is EMAS? Who is it for? How does it work?

EMAS evolution


  1. 2019
    Annex IV to the EMAS regulation EU Commission Regulation EU 2018/2026 was amended
  2. 2017
    The RAVE study followed up on the results of the Fitness Check and investigated EMAS’s potential to bring added value to authorities and organisations
  3. June 2017
    The Fitness Check assessed the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and EU added value of the EMAS Regulation
  4. 2017
    Revisions of the new ISO 14001:2015 standard were integrated into the annexes I to III of the EMAS Regulation
    • Having the ISO 14001 requirements Compared toEMAS within the new Annex II of The Regulation makes it easy for ISO 14001-certified organisations to upgrade their environmental management system to EMAS.
  5. 2013
    The EMAS User’s Guide was developed as a user-oriented tool that translates the EMAS Regulation into practical steps.
  6. 2009
    With the EMAS Global mechanism, EMAS became available worldwide.
  7. 2009
    EMAS Regulation was revised and modified for the second time
    • Regulation (EC) No 1221/2009 (“EMAS REGULATION”) was published on 22 December 2009.
  8. 2001
    A revised Regulation (EC) No 761/2001 (EMAS II) was adopted
    • This broadened the scope of EMAS, introduced environmental core and performance indicators, and strengthened the link between EMAS and ISO14001.
  9. 1996
    The international environmental management system standard, EN ISO 14001:1996, was recognised as a step towards achieving EMAS
  10. April 1995
    EMAS opened for voluntary participation by organisations with sites operating industrial activities.
  11. July 1993
    EMAS Regulation 1836/93
    • Introduced as an environmental policy tool devised by the European Commission as a step towards the goal of sustainable development.