Italy promotes environmental certification
Italy's environment ministry and main industrial association Confindustria have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at boosting take-up of the international and European corporate environmental management systems ISO 14001 and EMAS. Under the "Ecobusiness project", euros 25m will be spent by 2003 to help small and medium-sized firms invest in environmental certification. While ISO 14001 certification is in line with the European average, a Confindustria spokesman told ENDS Europe DAILY, only 84 Emas-registered sites exist in Italy. Environment agency Anpa, universities, consumer associations and banks are also backing the project. See press release.