EMAS scheme makes further EU progress

Registrations up by over half from 1997, new figures show; large regional disparities remain

The number of company sites registered under the EU environmental management scheme, EMAS, has increased by nearly 60% over the last year, according to figures released by the European Organisation for Testing and Certification (EOTC).

By the end of July, 1,776 sites were registered in EU countries plus Norway, the EOTC says. However, the figures show that the vast majority of EMAS registrations continue to be concentrated in a minority of countries, principally Germany.

German EMAS registrations at the end of July were 1,286. The other leading countries were Austria with 125, Sweden with 110, Denmark with 71, the UK with 55, Norway with 42, and the Netherlands and France each with 21. All other countries included in the survey accounted together for only 2.5% of all registrations.

Compared with an ENDS Daily survey last September, the EOTC figures show that EMAS leader countries continue to show strong growth in registrations (ENDS Daily 22 September 1997). Denmark in particular has shown strong take-up, with a growth in registrations of 137% since ENDS Daily's survey. German, Austrian and Swedish registrations each increased by about 56% over the same period.

Unofficial figures compiled since the EOTC survey suggest that EMAS registrations have actually now passed the 2,000 mark, mainly due to further strong growth in German sites participating in the voluntary scheme. A close observer of the EMAS scene, who preferred to remain anonymous, told ENDS Daily that German registrations had increased to 1,550 by 12 August, while Austrian registrations were up to 131 and Swedish registrations up to 116.

At the other end of the scale, the EOTC reports, Greece and Portugal have no EMAS registrations at all, while there are just five in Ireland, six in Italy, seven in Belgium, 11 in Finland and 15 in Spain.

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