The Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a voluntary initiative designed to improve companies’ environmental performance.
The Scheme this week highlights the success of LA Page Original, a Spanish EMAS registered organisation of only two employees. In this new case study, EMAS illustrates the surprising benefits of EMAS for small companies, as well as how accessible the scheme is for business owners. It explores how La Page Original implemented a number of different actions to reduce energy, water and paper consumption, whilst actively decreasing waste production. The improvements, while small compared to those of larger organisations, have noticeably improved the company’s ability to control consumption and, as a result, manage their expenditure much more closely. Read more here
What is EMAs?
The Scheme aims to recognise and award organisations that go beyond minimum legal compliance and continuously improve their environmental performance. Participating organisations produce a public environmental statement that reports on their environmental performance and this voluntary publication of environmental information, whose accuracy and reliability has been independently checked by an environmental verifier, gives EMAS and those organisations that participate enhanced credibility and recognition.
Environmental management has become a core business issue for many organisations. Minimising the amount of waste that is produced, reducing energy consumption and making more efficient use of resources can all lead to financial cost savings, in addition to helping to protect and enhance the environment. EMAS is strongly backed by Government and the environmental regulators - organisations who participate are recognised as making strong commitments to the environment and to improving their economic competitiveness.
If you are a UK organisation interested in joining the scheme, click here for more information