Industrial EMAS registrations pass 3,000

Scheme continues slow growth despite small fall in Germany, new EU regulation approaches

The EU's environmental management scheme EMAS continued to grow slowly over the last two months, breaching the psychologically important 3,000 barrier by the beginning of November. The number of registered industrial companies grew by 28 during September and October, to reach 3,012 (see table below). The increase would have been greater had Germany - which accounts for 70% of all EMAS registrations - not shown a small fall in numbers for the first time in at least two years.

In the absence of the usual German leadership, the small growth that did occur came from five middle-ranking countries. Spain led the way with a 14% increase over the two months. Italy, Norway, Austria and Denmark showed more modest growth. Like Germany, the UK recorded a small cut in total numbers.

The latest EMAS statistics have been released by the European Commission-sponsored EMAS helpdesk as negotiations to agree new rules for the scheme approach their climax. Following two legislative readings, the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament still disagree over several points (ENDS Daily 6 September). Formal "conciliation" talks could begin by the end of this month, according to sources, meaning the final shape of the new regulation would have to emerge before the end of the year.

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Numbers of EMAS-registered sites
             1/9/00      1/11/00
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Germany       2109         2106
Austria        232          244
Sweden         162          162
Denmark        140          144
UK              77           75
Spain           64           73
Norway          58           62
France          35           35
Italy           32           34
Finland         30           32
Netherlands     26           26
Belgium          9            9
Ireland          7            7
Luxembourg       1            1
Greece           1            1
Portugal         1            1
TOTAL         2984         3012
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Source: EMAS Helpdesk
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European Commission EMAS helpdesk, tel: +32 2 502 0472.

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