10 Years EMAS

Impressions from the panel discussion about “EMAS in the perception of a sustainable society“ with the former foreign minister Joschka Fischer, Jan Hoeve of the European Commission Directorate-General Environment and CEO Reinhard Schneider on the 10th of October 2013.

EMAS is the world’s most demanding system for sustainable environmental management. Reinhard Schneider as well as Joschka Fischer underscored during the panel discussion the advantages that a more liberal use of the EMAS logo could bring.

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Joschka Fischer (left) and Reinhard Schneider at the EMAS-event at Werner & Mertz.

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Visitors of the event read up about the advantages of EMAS.

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Eveline Lemke arrives at the EMAS-event of Werner & Mertz.

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Key note speaker Joschka Fischer.

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Reinhard Schneider said: “EMAS encourages imitation, particularly among small and medium enterprises.“

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The audience listened attentively to the centre stage.

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Eveline Lemke: “Werner & Mertz has been voluntarily certified by the European Union’s EMAS for the past 10 years and has worked systematically with EMAS on the improvement of its production with regard to environmental and climate protection.”

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Joschka Fischer underlined: “EMAS has to be recognized as a credible tool. To counter the accusation of ‘green-washing’, we need public discourse.”

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Rolf-Jan Hoeve said: “EMAS has become a part of the instrument mix to promote resource efficiency worldwide and is appreciated by companies as a program for better resource management.”

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Dr. Michael Schemmer (right): “EMAS should not be positioned only as a premium system for ecological management and audit, but rather as a standard instrument for validation of environmental performance and goal achievement.”

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Guests from Germany and other European countries came to the event.

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Nathalie Boyer talked about the experiences with EMAS in France.

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Were discussing the EMAS-seal under the conduction of moderator Dr. Norbert Taubken (2nd from the right) (from left): Eveline Lemke, Reinhard Schneider, Joschka Fischer, Nathalie Boyer, Dr. Michael Schemmer und Rolf-Jan Hoeve.

More information about EMAS validation is available here: EMAS III