Following the revision of the ISO 14001 environmental management system standard in September 2015, the European Commission is currently revising the EMAS Regulation to take into account these changes and adapt EMAS accordingly. The revision is taking place in two steps: (1) the Commission will adapt Annexes I to IV and the User’s Guide and (2) will then subsequently make any further changes to the EMAS Regulation itself. This revision will take into consideration, among other things, the results of the EMAS evaluation from 2015 and the results of the EMAS "regulatory fitness check" in the framework of the European Commission's REFIT process.
The aim of this project is to investigate the technical foundations for the further development of the EMAS regulation and to submit concrete proposals for integrating these developments into German environmental policy. Among other topics, the project will analyse and evaluate the new aspects of the current EMAS revision and their effects on EMAS organisations and interested parties. During this process, the project will use feedback from stakeholders to develop recommendations for further changes to the EMAS regulation and the EMAS system. In this context, the project team will take into consideration the results of the 2012 German evaluation study commissioned by the German Ministry of the Environment and the Federal Environment Agency (UBA), which also formed part of the background context for the Commission's own evaluation of EMAS.
adelphi will be supporting Arqum GmbH on this project, contributing in particular its expertise and knowledge in the field of supply chains, CSR reporting, and analyses on the future of EMAS. In addition, adelphi will incorporate its experience with work and reconciliation processes at EU level and with the EU Commission.