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EMAS III:

A mature instrument

for new challenges

Soledad BLANCO

Director, Directorate Industry

DG Environment

A need for strategic orientation

EMAS


Was adopted almost 20 years ago


Is considered as the most

comprehensive EMS


Inspired many other EMS


At organisation level reduces

environmental impact and brings many

benefits (economic, relationship with

stakeholders, etc.)

but


EMAS has only moderate success with

5000 organisations participating in the

scheme


Several member states seem not to

believe in EMAS as an effective policy

instrument and do not support it


Change in environmental conditions?

Origin


early 1990s


Industrial pollution was considered as the

main environmental problem


EMAS seen as complementary to

command
-
and
-
control approach


EMAS could reduce the risk and the need

for need for environmental enforcement

Today


Climate change and resource scarcity more dominant challenges


All economic actors have environmental impact through their consumption
of energy and resources


Exit from the economic crisis


The need to find win
-
win solutions that ensure environmental
protection and competitiveness


Reduced capacity of governments to enforce or stimulate
environmental protection and improvement

How serious is the resource problem?


Scientific knowledge (e.g. UNEP Resource Panel) confirms that the
current trend of natural resource use is unsustainable


Climate change


one dimension of unsustainable resource use


Main drivers: population growth and growing wealth and
consumption


Europe consumes more resources

than its fair share


Resource scarcity has impact on

resource prices and accessibility

-

threat to competitiveness and

growth of EU economy


The unsustainable use of resources

is a major source of environmental

problems in Europe and globally



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Our policy objective: Decoupling

We need to decouple:


Resource use from economic growth, i.e.

increase of resource productivity


Environmental impacts from resource use,

decrease environmental intensity

of resource use


How much decoupling is needed?


Absolute decoupling in Europe

leading to increase in resource productivity

by factor 2
-
5 between now and 2050

(the space between yellow and green line)


Tough constraint scenario (green line)

is consistent with IPPC scenario of keeping

climate change within 2 degrees


Emerging EU Resource Efficiency policy

Resource Efficiency prominent in EU strategic documents:

European Union’s EU 2020 economic development strategy


Sustainable growth is one of the three pillars


Resource Efficiency


a flagship initiative

DG Environment’s Roadmap to Resource Efficiency

Other DGs’ policies


Industrial policy


Innovation policy


Trade policy


Agricultural policy


Structural Funds

Policy instruments aimed at optimisation

of resource use, innovation and

structural changes

Optimisation

Innovation

Structural
change

Role of EMAS in resource efficiency


There are not many instruments suitable to assist individual
companies to increase resource productivity


Environmental and resource management systems will be an
important element in the policy mix


EMAS is a generic system



it is suitable also for

energy and resource

management

(many EMAS companies

use EMAS for resource

efficiency)

EMAS scheme needs to:


focus on performance

improvement


increase the uptake

Revised EMAS


ready for the job

New elements of EMAS III:



Assistance to organisations by MS


Easier life for SMEs


Corporate and Global EMAS



Key performance indicators


Sectoral reference documents

Increase
attractiveness

Focus on
performance

What should be done?


Find out more about possible
synergies between EMAS and
resource/energy efficiency


Reach potential partners and
convince them about the possible
synergy



Promote EMAS as an
energy/resource efficiency tool



Ensure that EMAS verifiers are
eligible for energy and resource
management systems
certification


EC Study to be launched in
autumn



DG ENV to speak to ENER&ENTR

MS ministries of environment to
speak to ministries of energy and
economy


EC Conference Nov 2010

EMAS Award ceremony 2010

EMAS helpdesk

EMAS website


Coordination

between accreditation

bodies

Implementation challenges

Emphasis on resource efficiency should not undermine achievements
of EMAS as an
environmental

management system

Resource efficiency
does not shift

the scope of application, it
expands

it

Many implementation challenges remain and will need to be
addressed:


Corporate and Global EMAS


Better promotion


Assistance by MS to EMAS organisation


Facilitation of participation of SMEs


Taking EMAS into account in legislation


Better regulation and regulatory relief for EMAS organisations


Use of EMAS in public procurement


Harmonisation of procedures by Competent Bodies and
Accreditation/Licensing Bodies


EMAS team in DG Environment is


excited about new opportunities


prepared to address challenges


looking forward to cooperation with Member States on

the implementation of EMAS III