EMAS - certification of the Polish Environment Ministry - as a source of the highest environmental standards during COP24
The Ministry of the Environment is EMAS registered and complies with the highest environmental requirements of this system. As an authority responsible for COP24, it also pays special attention to the environmental aspects of organising and conducting of major events such as international climate conference.
What is EMAS?
EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) is an EU environmental instrument based on Regulation (EC) No 1221/2009 on the voluntary participation by organisations in the EMAS community.
The Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a useful tool for creating a culture of sustainable development and efficient management of available resources and energy by different organisations.
EMAS requirements help organisations to implement system solutions to ensure that business objectives are achieved in compliance with environmental protection requirements. EMAS is also a reliable system for reporting by particular entities of their environmental impacts and facilitating an open dialogue with stakeholders.
The Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is addressed to all types of organisations interested in implementing comprehensive environmental solutions, i.e. companies, public institutions, industrial plants etc.
As part of EMAS registration, organisations commit themselves to continuous compliance with legal requirements concerning environmental protection and reducing negative environmental impact e.g. by generating greater savings in the areas of energy, waste management and water and sewage management. Organisations demonstrate that they have proven instruments to ensure the highest level of environmental protection, and that their 'green image' is confirmed by a special and credible EMAS certificate, awarded by the General Director of Environmental Protection.
Who can participate in EMAS?
All kind of organisations: public, private, seeking to improve their environmental performance, may participate in EMAS.
EMAS registration of organisations shall include the following steps:
1) Carrying out an environmental review, including identification of environmental aspects of activities, products and services and their assessment methods. This considers also legal regulations;
2) Development of the Environmental Policy - a declaration that the activities will be performed according to the binding provisions of law while striving to improve environmental effectiveness;
3) Introduction of an environmental management system and implementation of a system according to the EMAS requirements;
4) Performing internal audits (assessing whether the management system in place is consistent with the organisation's policy and programme);
5) Preparation of the environmental statement (i.e. a summary of the achievement of own environmental objectives plus future actions minimizing the negative impact on the environment)
6) External audit procedures (external verification);
7) Registration by the EMAS Competent Body (General Direction of Environmental Protection) - assignment of a number and rights to use EMAS logo.
An organisation that is registered in the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme may assess suppliers based on EMAS requirements.
Read COP24 Conference Environmental policy here.
Read an article "Making COP24 Sustainable" here.
Read about Sustainable organization and climate neutrality of COP 24 here.
Download agenda of an event with an "EMAS in practice" panel in Polish Pavilion on 14th of December.
Read more about environmental practices on COP24 here.