The EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), 1995

EU Upcoming

EMAS is a management tool for companies and other organizations, requiring them to evaluate, report and improve their environmental performance. The scheme has been available for participation by companies since 1995 (Council Regulation (EEC) No. 1836/93 of 29 June 1993), on a voluntary basis. Originally it was restricted to companies in the industrial sector, but since 2001 it has been open to all economic sectors. It was revised in 2009 (Regulation EC No. 1221/2009). One of the aims of this revision was to strengthen the rules on reporting through core performance indicators. It states that organizations should make periodic environmental statements publicly available. To ensure the relevance and comparability of the information, reporting on the organization’s environmental performance should be based on generic and sector-specific performance indicators.


General sustainability/ESG/non-financial

Industry sectors covered by the instrument

All/none specified

Organizations covered by the instrument

Type of instrument


Mandatory or voluntary

The geographical scope

International/regional (eg. EU)

Project Partners