EMAS - Environmental Management System

The Eco-Management and Audit Scheme seal of approval of the European Union

EMAS is regarded worldwide as one of the most demanding systems for sustainable environmental management. Organizations and companies of all sizes and from all industries are awarded the EU eco-audit label if they meet the requirements of the EMAS Regulation. EMAS participants continuously improve their environmental performance through a standardized management system that complies with the international ISO 14001 standard.
With an annually updated environmental statement, the participating organizations report on their environmental goals and the continuous improvement of their environmental performance. The environmental statement is validated by a state-supervised independent environmental verifier and must be publicly available.
With EMAS, companies meet all the requirements of ISO 14001, as this is fully integrated. An already certified environmental management system according to ISO 14001 can be extended by a participation in EMAS.

Since September 2017, EMAS Regulation (EC) No. 1221/2009 also requires registered organisations to comply with Amendment Regulation (EU) 2017/1505. The amendment regulation now also integrates the requirements of ISO 14001:2015 into EMAS. Annexes I-III of the EMAS Regulation have been revised accordingly and further amendments to Annex IV "Environmental reporting" will follow. Similar to the transitional periods for the revision of ISO 14001, EMAS also has a transitional arrangement:

  ISO 14001 EMAS III
Goal / benchmark continuous improvement of the EMS, aimed at improving environmental performance continuous improvement of operational environmental performance (and the EMS)
Applicability worldwide, internationally recognised EU-wide, worldwide auditing possible (Global EMAS)
Participants 290,000 worldwide, approx. 6000 in Germany 1,200 in Germany, 3,500 EU-wide
Audit procedure

Auditing by appointed auditors or environmental verifiers

Certification on the basis of the test result by an independent committee of the certification body
Assessment and validation by an environmental verifier
Proof of conformity Certificate, participation logo Validated environmental statement, entry in the EMAS register, participation logo

Publication of environmental policy

Advertising with certificate

Disclosure obligation for environmental statement

Advertising with EMAS participation logo

Legal Compliance Obligatory in environmental policy – Procedures for assessing compliance with legal regulations required Obligatory in environmental policy - Procedures for continuous monitoring of compliance with legal regulations, Proof


EMAS is intended to cover part of the requirements of ISO 50001 and is therefore legally superordinate in some regulations and replaces a ISO 50001 certification.The same requirements of ISO 50001 are in principle also implemented in ISO 14001, but are not approved as a replacement for an Energy Management System according to ISO 50001.

In addition to maintaining a management system that conforms to ISO 14001, the EMAS Regulation requires a dialogue with the public by publishing an environmental statement in accordance with the standards defined therein. In particular, this declaration must include the voluntary commitment to continuous improvement of the environmental situation and prove it by publishing suitable targets. Furthermore, certain core indicators must be reported which are to be assessed as relevant in accordance with the ISO 14001 system. Of course, the obligation to comply with environmental regulations also applies to companies with ISO 14001 certification or those without an environmental management system, but EMAS pays particular attention to legal compliance: The environmental verifier guarantees its explicit verification with his or her signature.

The assessment and registration procedure of the DAU (Deutsche Akkreditierungs- und Zulassungsgesellschaft für Umweltgutachter, supervised by the Federal Ministry of the Environment) for environmental experts differs somewhat from that of the DAkkS (Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH, supervised by the Federal Ministry of Economics) for certification companies. This results in some differences in the process flow. We would be happy to explain them to you personally.