As an agency we recognise that managing Europe’s environment begins with mitigating the environmental impact of our actions at home, and also within the workplace. It was this philosophy that led the EEA to introduce an environmental management system in 2004 before any other EU body. More details of the EEA’s environmental commitment and how it is executed are in the environmental policy and the environmental handbook.
The EEA's environmental management system is an integral part of the EEA's management plan system and is designed to make environmental responsibilities clear to employees. In 2005, the EEA registered its environmental management system under the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). EMAS is a voluntary tool developed by the European Commission in 1995 for any type of company or organisation to evaluate, report and improve their environmental performance. The EEA is part of a family of over 4 500 organisations and 8 150 sites that are EMAS registered worldwide.
The EEA welcomes enquiries on its environmental management system and how to introduce a similar system in any organisation. If you have any questions, please contact the EEA’s environmental coordinator Svetlana Maenchen or post your query in the EEA Enquiries Forum.