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The European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme Performance, credibility, transparency EMAS & LOCAL AUTHORITIES EMAS AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES 186 LA registered in AT, BE, DE, DK, ES, FR, Gr, IT, SW& UK Key player local economy, government closest to citizen

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the european eco management and audit scheme

The European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme

Performance, credibility, transparency

EMAS & LOCAL AUTHORITIES

emas and local authorities
EMAS AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES
  • 186 LA registered in AT, BE, DE, DK, ES, FR, Gr, IT, SW& UK
  • Key player local economy, government closest to citizen
  • LA role in showing by example to local actors
    • Important influence on environmental habits of general public
    • Green Public Procurement
    • Impact on companies through municipalities: regulatory relief, funding assistance, technical assistance, etc
  • EMAS provides structured framework for managing / improving LAs own environmental performance
    • City wide issues e.g. recycling, land-use planning, etc
example 1
EXAMPLE 1
  • Upssala county council – Finland
    • Reason to register EMAS: gain competitive advantage versus neighbouring capital Stockholm
    • Key feature: 8,000 employees hospital
  • Province of Parma - Italy
    • 1st provincial authority in Europe registered EMAS
    • Most beneficial outcome: increased transparency of activities set by the province.
    • Power of example: financial incentives by provincial government for companies & agricultural co-operatives to stimulate EMS uptake

=> Some 30 co-operatives already registered & 15 local authorities on their way.

example 2
EXAMPLE 2
  • Rushcliffe Borough Council – Nottinghamshire - UK
    • Reasons: show commitment to environmental improvement beyond legislation requirements
    • EMAS registration covers:
      • Waste collection & recycling, highways maintenance, vehicle management, environmental health, property & design, Borough development, leisure services & grounds maintenance.
    • Actions:
      • Fuel stretcher boiler control system for all leisure centres
      • Purchase of electricity through green tariffs
      • Introduction of a recycling scheme
      • Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) powered vehicles
example 3
EXAMPLE 3
  • City of Waidhofen on Ybbs– Austria
    • EMAS registration covers:
      • Town hall, primary school, central water supply, building yard and nature park centre
      • Other departments and schools to be registered in 2006
  • Newcastle City Council – The UK
    • Plans to register all Directorates by 2007
    • Tynes vehicle, cyclist and pedestrian tunnel:
      • Reason: systematic coherent approach to env issues
      • Key priorities: segregation of waste streams & further recycling
      • Information campaign to increase environmentally friendly office practices and driving techniques
leeds city council england
LEEDS CITY COUNCIL. ENGLAND

Largest City council in Europe EMAS registered

other examples
OTHER EXAMPLES
  • International institutions:
    • European Commission pilot project (5 services registered)
    • European Environmental Agency
    • European investment Back under registration process
    • European Parliament under implementation
  • National Institutions:
    • UK Environmental Agency biggest enforcement agency
    • German, Danish, Austrian Environmental Agencies
    • Walloon (Belgium) regional Environmental Agency
networking support
NETWORKING - SUPPORT
  • EU COMPASS project:
    • Networking & mentoring project
    • Will lead 96 LA to EMAS registration
    • Award ceremony end 2005
  • EMAS peer-review for cities
  • EU forum for EMAS Registered authorities
  • National promotion activities
  • EU, Spanish toolkit for Local Authorities