Environmental Management Systems

A study on the subject of alternatives to environmental management systems was finalised. Environmental and consumer groups have repeatedly criticized that these systems such as EMAS and ISO 14001 are process oriented and do not contain any performance requirements. Hence, a certificate does dot say anything about the level of environmental protection achieved. This can be freely chosen by business. The present study proposes a set of minimum requirements for the global level which is to be complemented by higher level sector specific rules for Europe. Thus EMAS could be transformed into a true environmental label for companies.