EMAS stands for Eco-Management and Audit Scheme. It is a voluntary instrument of environmental management, part of the Fifth European Environmental Action Programme, which helps organisations of all types and sizes to improve their environmental performance and communicate the results to the Company and its Stakeholders in a transparent manner.
The primary goal of EMAS is to contribute to the achievement of sustainable economic development within the European Union, highlighting the role and responsibilities of companies.
Efficient use of resources, climate change, corporate social responsibility; EMAS is a response to today’s three most important sustainability challenges, which organisations can now tackle by means of performance indicators and the production of an annual environmental statement.
Indicators are of primary importance for measuring and displaying an organisation’s quantitative environmental performance. EMAS provides registered organisations with the following six types of indicators: energy efficiency, efficiency in the use of materials, water, waste, biodiversity and emissions.
Use of these indicators enables a company to evaluate its progress in environmental performance year-on-year and make appropriate comparisons with other organisations both within and beyond its field of activity. By measuring consumption in relation to production, the indicators reveal the efficiency and effectiveness of a company’s processes, identify where savings can be made and help to cut costs.
In a context where energy, water and other resources are becoming increasingly important, organisations need environmental data to keep track of their progress and assess their performance against set goals. Governments, consumers and NGOs, as well as the media and other interested parties all over the world, are demanding that organisations be increasingly competitive in terms of environmental performance.
In addition, using quantitative environmental data, a company can make comparisons with its competitors and enter into dialogue with stakeholders regarding its strengths and weaknesses, based on real data.
To date, 26 Enel plants have obtained EMAS certification.
Enel’s concern for the environment and the local area is now an established fact. The containment of emissions, rational use of resources and plant management with respect for the surrounding community are corporate priorities.