EMAS is the European Union Eco-Management and Audit Scheme. An environmental management system is part of an organisation’s management system. It consists of the evaluation, reduction and prevention of the environmental impact of the activity of the organisation, thereby improving its competitiveness.
The purpose of EMAS is to promote organisations to turn increasing attention to sustainable activity through creating and implementing environmental management systems. The Estonian Environment Agency’s role is to act as the Competent Body in Estonia. We process the registration applications and issue a certificate of registration and the EMAS logo for organisations that comply with the requirements. In general, the validity period of a certificate of registration is 3 years. The logo allows to publicly demonstrate the effectiveness of the organisation’s environmental activities. Information about EMAS organisations is published in the EMAS European register.
How to register in Estonia?
For the grant of an EMAS certificate, an organisation needs to:
bring the organisation’s management system into conformity with the requirements of the EMAS regulation (including preparing an initial environmental review, phrasing its environmental policy and setting environmental objectives);
prepare an environmental statement;
have an independent EMAS-verifier (www.eak.ee/?pageId=144) evaluate the compliance of the environmental management system and the environmental statement with the requirements of the EMAS regulation;
send an EMAS registration application and the verified environmental statement to the Estonian Environment Agency.
The Estonian Environment Agency as the Competent Body makes the final decision on an organisation’s suitability for the EMAS scheme. Different parties (i.e. local authorities, relevant interest groups, etc.) are included in the decision-making process.