SMEs call for "friendlier" Emas scheme

Europe's small business association, Ueapme, has warned that Europe's "declining" Emas environmental management systems standard will not survive unless it attracts more SMEs. SME-friendly provisions were added to the scheme in 2001 but, as confirmed by a recent EU report, have not produced results (EED 10/02/04). For the next Emas revision, due in 2005, Ueapme is proposing that the EU remove annual verification requirements, allow staged implementation, enable clusters of SMEs to register and grant regulatory or other benefits to certified SMEs. See press release.

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