Strengthening energy management in Asia: Implementing EMAS Global in Korea

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Governments, consumers, non-governmental organisations, and the media are demanding improved environmental performance from organisations worldwide. The topic is playing an increasingly important role in international interactions between different stakeholders. The Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) has been globally applicable (EMAS Global) since the most recent revision of the instrument in 2010. EMAS assists in reducing the environmental impacts of (industrial) businesses around the world. Germany is one of the few European Union countries with extensive experience with EMAS Global, including via its work on registering locations in the Republic of Korea and China. 

Under commission of the Federal Environment Ministry, adelphi is reviewing the concrete possibility of introducing EMAS on the South Korean island of Jeju. This should specially focus on the embedding of concepts of sustainable tourism, which plays a prominent role on Jeju. This project is being supported by the NGO Nalmannanunsub.

adelphi has introduced the essential implementation steps for EMAS Global on both corporate and administrative levels via diverse workshops on location involving local economic and political actors. adelphi has also developed proposals for the introduction of EMAS Global on the island and in Korea as a whole.