Upon initiative of the Consumer Council a coalition of european consumer and environmental associations (ANEC, BEUC, ECOS, EEB) called for a complete overhaul of the european EMAS scheme (environmental manage- ment). There are big doubts about the factual environmental performance of this system. They asked for a “system of excellence” with substantive requirements and compulsory indicators, benchmarks and reporting obligations. Unfortunately these claims were hardly taken into account.