Official EMAS figures show further rise

Statistics reveal 31% annual increase in corporate registrations to EU management standard

Latest official figures from the European Commission show the number of industrial companies registered to the EU's eco-management and audit scheme (EMAS) rose by 31% over the year to 1 March, to reach a total of 2851. The rise over the two months since ENDS Daily's last review of the statistics two months ago was 3% (ENDS Daily 17 January).

Continuing a strong trend, most of the volume increase occurred in countries where the EU environmental management standard is already well accepted. Lower down the league table, Belgium, Ireland and Luxembourg added no new registrations at all over the last year. Top performers in percentage terms were Spain and Italy, though both started from a relatively low base.

Publication of the figures follow closely on the formal approval by the Council of Ministers of a plan to revise the EMAS regulation to broaden the types of organisations that can participate and make the scheme more attractive (ENDS Daily 1 March). The European Parliament is expected to approve most aspects, paving the way for a growing "shadow list" of non-industrial EMAS-registered organisations to be added to the official statistics.

Numbers of EMAS-registered sites
             1/3/00    1/3/99    increase
Germany       2050      1558        32%
Austria        213       151        41%
Sweden         156       133        17%
Denmark        118        93        27%
UK              73        70         4%
Norway          59        47        26%
Spain           52        24       117%
France          36        29        24%
Finland         27        18        50%
Netherlands     25        21        19%
Italy           25        13        92%
Belgium          9         9         0%
Ireland          6         6         0%
Luxembourg       1         1         0%
Greece           1         0         -
TOTAL         2851      2173        31%
Source: European Commission EMAS Helpdesk

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