EMAS scheme shows broad-based growth

Registrations to EU environmental management scheme increase in most European countries

The number of companies registered to the EU's EMAS environmental management standard grew by 2% during May and June, according to official figures released by the EMAS helpdesk in Brussels. Unusually, the growth was spread across a broad range of countries rather than just in the leading countries (see table below). Portugal recorded its first ever EMAS-registered company, bringing the total number of countries actively participating in the scheme to 16.

In percentage terms, Italian firms showed the strongest growth over the two-month period, with registrations increasing by 28%. The number also grew by about 11% in two other countries well down the EMAS league table, Spain and Finland. Amidst the general increase, the official figures record a drop of one site since the end of April for France and Norway. The statistics still do not include registrations by non-industrial organisations, which are being allowed in under a revision to the EU regulation underpinning EMAS that is now nearly completed (ENDS Daily 6 July).

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Numbers of EMAS-registered sites
             1/5/00       1/7/00   
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Germany       2060         2083
Austria        221          227
Sweden         156          162
Denmark        137          138
UK              73           76
Spain           55           61
Norway          59           58
France          36           35
Italy           25           32
Finland         27           30
Netherlands     25           25
Belgium          9            9
Ireland          6            6
Luxembourg       1            1
Greece           1            1
Portugal         -            1
TOTAL         2891         2945
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Source: European Commission EMAS Helpdesk
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