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EMAS in the European Parliament: A quiet success story

28-02-2020

The European Union (EU) Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a voluntary management instrument for companies and other organisations wanting to evaluate, report and continuously improve their environmental performance. In 2007, as part of its commitment to making a long-term contribution to sustainable development, the European Parliament became one of the few EU institutions and the first parliament in the EU to obtain EMAS certification. Through its environmental management system it is able ...

The European Union (EU) Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a voluntary management instrument for companies and other organisations wanting to evaluate, report and continuously improve their environmental performance. In 2007, as part of its commitment to making a long-term contribution to sustainable development, the European Parliament became one of the few EU institutions and the first parliament in the EU to obtain EMAS certification. Through its environmental management system it is able to track progress towards targets with regard to reducing carbon dioxide emissions and waste, promoting the efficient use of energy, water and paper, and incorporating environmental guidelines into procurement procedures. Concerted efforts have resulted in achieving or exceeding several of the targets set in 2017. The targets were revised accordingly; on 16 December 2019, the Bureau adopted a decision setting new targets to be achieved by the end of the 9th parliamentary term. This document details the Parliament's progress to date in meeting its targets in all of the above-mentioned areas, and maps out its ambitions for the future.

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This document is an update of a December 2018 publication, compiled and edited by Desislava Boyadjieva, with graphics by Nadejda Kresnichka-Nikolchova, Publications Management and Editorial Unit, EPRS, on behalf of the EMAS Unit.

Ressourceneffizienz: Verringerung der Lebensmittelverschwendung, Verbesserung der Lebensmittelsicherheit

10-05-2017

Im Rahmen ihres Aktionsplans zur Kreislaufwirtschaft arbeitet die EU darauf hin, den effizienteren Einsatz von Ressourcen durch die Verringerung der Lebensmittelverschwendung und die Verbesserung der Lebensmittelsicherheit auf eine solide Grundlage zu stellen. Im Mai 2017 wird das Europäische Parlament über einen Initiativbericht abstimmen, mit dem Maßnahmen vorgeschlagen werden, um die Menge der noch verzehrbaren Lebensmittel, die in der EU entsorgt werden – derzeit 88 Mio. Tonnen pro Jahr –, bis ...

Im Rahmen ihres Aktionsplans zur Kreislaufwirtschaft arbeitet die EU darauf hin, den effizienteren Einsatz von Ressourcen durch die Verringerung der Lebensmittelverschwendung und die Verbesserung der Lebensmittelsicherheit auf eine solide Grundlage zu stellen. Im Mai 2017 wird das Europäische Parlament über einen Initiativbericht abstimmen, mit dem Maßnahmen vorgeschlagen werden, um die Menge der noch verzehrbaren Lebensmittel, die in der EU entsorgt werden – derzeit 88 Mio. Tonnen pro Jahr –, bis 2030 um die Hälfte zu verringern.

Tackling food waste: The EU's contribution to a global issue

29-11-2016

In spite of the availability of food, there is still malnutrition in the world. Food is lost or wasted throughout the supply chain, from initial agricultural production down to final consumers. In developed countries, a significant amount of food is wasted at the consumption stage, meaning that it is discarded even though still suitable for human consumption. In developing countries food is lost mostly at the farmer-producer end of the food supply chain; much less food is wasted at consumer level ...

In spite of the availability of food, there is still malnutrition in the world. Food is lost or wasted throughout the supply chain, from initial agricultural production down to final consumers. In developed countries, a significant amount of food is wasted at the consumption stage, meaning that it is discarded even though still suitable for human consumption. In developing countries food is lost mostly at the farmer-producer end of the food supply chain; much less food is wasted at consumer level. Experts assert that the largest part of food waste in developed countries is produced by households and is linked mainly to urbanisation, changes in the composition of diets, and large-scale mass distribution. Food losses and waste have negative environmental and economic impacts and their existence raises questions for society. Overall, on a per-capita basis, much more food is wasted in the industrialised world than in developing countries. In the EU, food waste has been estimated at some 88 million tonnes, or 173 kg per capita per year. The production and disposal of this food waste leads in turn to the emission of 170 million tonnes of CO2 and consumes 261 million tonnes of resources. The EU is contributing to reducing food waste mainly through its commitment to halve the disposal of edible food in the EU by 2020. Various national initiatives also aim to attain this goal. In June 2016, EU agriculture ministers adopted conclusions in which they pledged to improve data-gathering and awareness-raising on food losses and waste. In addition, they urged the European Commission to remove the legal and practical barriers so that it becomes easier to donate food. This briefing is an update of an earlier one, of January 2014.

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