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Environmental management system (EMAS)

 

EMAS is the environmental management system (EMS) used by the European Parliament in accordance with ISO 14001:2004 standards and EMAS Regulation (EC) No 1221/2009.

 
 

The European Parliament recognises that it has a duty to make a positive contribution to sustainable development as a long-term goal, not only through its political role and its role in legislative procedures, but also in the context of how it operates and the decisions that it makes on a day-to-day basis.

The Bureau therefore launched the EMAS project in the Parliament with the decision of 19 April 2004. The President and Secretary-General signed the Parliament's Environmental Policy which contains guidelines for its own environmental management system which includes:

  • reducing carbon dioxide emissions
  • promoting the efficient use of energy, water and paper and reducing of waste
  • incorporating environmental guidelines into procurement procedures
  • ensuring appropriate behaviour and commitment through training and by increasing awareness
  • taking preventive measures to counter pollution
  • ensuring compliance with the necessary requirements
  • providing sufficient resources for its environmental management system
  • promoting transparent communication and dialogue

In 2007 the first external audit was completed and the European Parliament obtained the ISO 14001.2004 certification and has now received the EMAS registration in Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg.

By relying on the commitment of every single employee and the support of all its services, EMAS provides the framework for the European Parliament to save resources for future generations.

For additional information please contact the EMAS team at the following email-address: