EMAS revision sets new challenges for business

Revisions to the legislation which set up the EC's eco-management and audit scheme (EMAS) in 1993 look like imposing more demands on business than expected. The changes, agreed by Environment Ministers in June, include new requirements on registered firms to consult stakeholders, reporting against clear objectives and targets, publication of the criteria used by companies in deciding which of their environmental impacts are significant, and a stronger emphasis on addressing environmental impacts along companies' supply chains.

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