A simplified method for implementing an environmental management system in SMEs

The EMASEasy® methodology, which covers all requirements of the environmental management standards for EMAS and/ or ISO 14001, is based on the ecomapping concept, where the business is mapped in terms of both location and internal processes to identify its environmental aspects. The EMASEasy® methodology is currently known as a useful tool to make the management system implementation easier while reducing administrative costs and focusing on improvements and staff involvement. It also enables to reduce the audits period, thus the external validation costs.

Using simple and sequential tables and prompts, smaller businesses can develop an environmental management system and either register for EMAS or achieve ISO 14001 certification. The environmental objectives and action plans are tailored to the reality of the company and defined according to its own abilities. This approach allows for the progressive implementation of a range of actions that also fit in the framework of the Green Key or the European Ecolabel criteria.

Thanks to its simplicity, EMASEasy has been largely applied to clusters through group guidance with successive collective training-action and individual guidance sessions. As a consequence, the time spent for explaining the requirements and the tools to meet these is equally shared out among the cluster companies.  It also reduces the guidance costs, while creating an informal or formal ‘network’ of environmental or management representatives who can share their knowledge, skills and questions, even after the guidance process.

The EMASeasy methodology is part of the MOVE-IT Cluster Management Guide.

More than 15 languages from the EMASeasy brochure can be downloaded from the European EMASeasy website.

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