IEMA’s Chief Policy Advisor Martin Baxter has been appointed to chair an international panel of judges for the prestigious EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme Awards 2019.

Through the awards, the European Commission will recognise the achievements of organisations which use EMAS to drive change towards a sustainable future and deliver a positive impact on sustainable development as a whole. The EMAS awards ceremony will take place on the 25th of November 2019 at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.

Commenting on his appointment as Chair of the Jury IEMA’s Chief Policy Advisor, Martin Baxter said: “It is a huge honour to be invited to chair the European EMAS Awards jury. Business as usual isn’t an option if we’re to make the transformation to a sustainable future and these awards will be a celebration of those EMAS registered organisations that are making positive change”.


EMAS - the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme, is a voluntary initiative designed to improve organisations’ environmental performance. It was initially established by European Regulation 1836/93, which has since been updated twice with REGULATION (EC) No 1221/2009 coming into force in January 2010. Its aim is to recognise and reward those organisations that go beyond minimum legal compliance and continuously improve their environmental performance. In addition, it is a requirement of the scheme that participating organisations regularly produce a public environmental statement that reports on their environmental performance. It is this voluntary publication of environmental information, whose accuracy and reliability has been independently checked by an environmental verifier, that gives EMAS and those organisations that participate enhanced credibility and recognition.

IEMA is the competent body for EMAS in the UK.

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