Background to EMAS - DOC by 38q3rm9


									                                                                                                                                           specifically identified services of 33 % over the
                                                                                                                                           three-year duration of the project.
Increasingly,     decision-makers    recognise    the        1. Local Authority Environmental Policy
                                                                                                                   Trained Environmental
importance of environmental management within                                                                      Verifier
                                                                                                                                           The project sets out to:
their organisations. As environmental issues become              2. Initial Environmental Review
                                                                                                                                            demonstrate the value of EMAS for local
more complex and numerous, they need to be
                                                                                                                    Accreditation System      authorities across Europe to improve their
managed in different ways. A systematic approach                             3. Environmental
                                                                                                                                              environmental performance
is vital. At EU level, EMAS is a direct result of this
                                                                                                                                            develop and disseminate a framework and set of
                                                                                                                                              practical tools supporting local authorities in
                                                             Environmental      Audit           4. Environmental
                                                             Objectives         Cycle           Management             Examination
                                                                                Max. 3 yrs      System

What is EMAS                                                                                                                                  their environmental management
                                                                                                                                            establish a Web site (
                                                                             5. Environmental

EMAS stands for Eco-Management and Audit

                                                                                                                                              that supports local authorities in their first
Scheme. It is an Environmental Standard, and, like a
                                                                                                                       7. Validation

                                                                                                                                              steps with EMAS and allows an exchange of
                                                                    6. Environmental Statement

quality standard, the organisation can seek
                                                                                                                                              experience and good practice
accreditation from an award body once the system
                                                                                                                                            establish a system of peer reviews for local
has been established.          EMAS is used by           Sustainable Development & EMAS for cities                                            authorities implementing EMAS
manufacturing industries, local authorities and
service industries since the early 1990’s.               Local authorities are major players in local economies
                                                         and, as the government level closest to the citizen, they                         Partners
EMAS requires:                                           have an important influence on the environmental                                  The project partners are Newcastle-upon-Tyne
                                                         behaviour of the public. Local authorities can play a                             (Project Coordinator), EUROCITIES, IDeA and
   Preparing a review of the environmental impacts
                                                         significant role in the implementation of the principles                          EURONET. The partner cities are Malmö, Athens,
    of its activities including consideration of all
                                                         of sustainable development. The spotlight is on the need                          Göteborg,     Palermo,     Stockholm,     Leipzig,
    possible environmental legislation affecting the
                                                         for local authorities to put their own house in order,                            Birmingham, and Helsinki. Technical assistance is
                                                         thereby leading by example.                                                       provided by the Sustainable Cities Research
   A declaration on the primary environmental                                                                                             Institute   (University   of   Northumbria     at
    objectives of the organisation. These will           EMAS is important. It provides a structured framework                             Newcastle) and ECOTEC.
    become the focus in the process of improving         to manage and improve the local authority’s own
    the organisation’s environmental programme.          performance and to integrate sustainable development                              Final European Seminar
                                                         aims into all the authority’s policies and actions.
   A periodic comprehensive audit.                                                                                                        The project will be completed with a European
                                                                                                                                           event at the end of 2001. There, the work of the
   External verification of the policy statement,       EURO-EMAS
                                                                                                                                           partner cities and the training material available to
    the programme, the management system and the
                                                         Objectives & outcomes                                                             all EUROCITIES members will be presented. It
                                                         Starting in October 1998, EURO-EMAS aims for an                                   will also offer the opportunity for debate on the
                                                         improvement in the environmental performance in                                   future of environmental management in local
Contact Us
If you have any questions concerning the EURO-
EMAS project or would simply like more information,
then please contact us. Your views count.

Project Co-ordinator
Allen Creedy (City of Newcastle-upon-Tyne)

Marc Webster (Sustainable Cities Research Institute)
Anthony van de Ven (EUROCITIES)
Joanne Broughton (IDeA)
David Ludlow (EURONET)                                  PAN EUROPEAN
Julia Brown (Birmingham)
                                                       LOCAL AUTHORITY
Vesa Koskikallio (Helsinki)
email vesa.                           AND
Chris Kalantzakos (Athens)
email                               AUDIT SCHEME
Christina Ramberg (Gothenborg)
Harmut Siemon (Leipzig)
Anna Baggström (Malmö)
Lynne Walker or Steve James (Newcastle)
Ciro Spataro or Antonio Mazzon (Palermo)
Lena Kling (Stockholm)

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