Agency passes eco-management test with flying colours
The EEA was the first EU body to gain registration under EMAS. In 2004, the Agency introduced its own environmental management system to make sure that it worked in an environmentally sound manner. The system included staff campaigns to promote 'good office habits' on paper waste and energy efficiency.
This year's audit focused on how well management integrates environmental thinking into overall planning and decision-making. The auditors were particularly impressed by the Agency's 'project procedure', whereby programme managers assess the possible negative environmental effects of EEA projects before approving them.
Four European Commission departments also received EMAS registration this year - the Secretariat General, DG Personnel & Administration, DG Environment and the Office for Infrastructure and Logistics.
EMAS environmental statement 2006: