EMAS registrations virtually unchanged

First review of service sector registrants shows uptake concentrated in EMAS heartland

The number of industrial sites registered to the EU's EMAS environmental management standard remained virtually unchanged over the two months to the end of April, according to official figures released by the EMAS helpdesk in Brussels. Total registrations were up 1.4% from the end of February (ENDS Daily 8 March) to 2,891.

Europe's EMAS "heartland" generated all of what little growth there was, with Denmark adding 19 sites, Germany ten, Austria eight and Spain three. In percentage terms, Denmark's performance was by far the most impressive, growing by 16% over the two months.

Meanwhile, an unofficial survey by German environment agency official Reinhard Peglau has provided a first picture non-industrial EMAS registrations. The figures show that countries where EMAS is already popular for industrial sites are leading in expanding the scheme to service industries (see table below). Official statistics on so-called "article 14" EMAS registrations are not expected to be available until next month at the earliest. The EMAS scheme is being officially opened up to non-industrial organisations under a revision expected to be complete before the end of the year.

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Numbers of EMAS-registered sites to 1 May 2000
             Official   Article 14    Total
             figures      sites
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Germany        2060        310         2370
Austria         221         29          250
Sweden          156         21          180
Denmark         137          7          144
UK               73         39          112
Norway           59          0           59
Spain            55          1?          56
France           36          0?          36
Finland          27          0           27
Netherlands      25          0           25
Italy            25          0?          25
Belgium           9          0            9
Ireland           6          0            6
Luxembourg        1          0            1
Greece            1          0            1
TOTAL          2891        407         3298
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Sources: EU Commission, German Env't Agency
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