EC to issue guidance to spread Emas globally

The European Commission is preparing guidance on rules for awarding the EU's Emas eco-management and audit standard to companies and public organisations outside Europe. The guidance will be ready in the first half of 2011.

The objective is to help roll out the scheme outside of Europe. The revised Emas regulation already states that it "should be available to all organisations, in and outside the Community", but it is up to member states to decide on the matter as the scheme is administrated by them and not the commission.

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