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EU Eco-management and Audit Scheme (EMAS)

The EMAS (EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) is a voluntary environmental management instrument. Its objective is to improve the environmental performance of organisations by having them commit to both evaluating and reducing their environmental impact, and continuously improving their environmental performance. This scheme spans all economics including the Tourism and Service sectors and is applicable worldwide.

EMAS supports organizations in finding the right tools to improve their environmental performance. Participating organizations voluntarily commit to both evaluating and reducing their environmental impact. Third party verification guarantees the external and independent nature of the EMAS registration process. Providing publicly available information on an organization’s environmental performance is an important aspect of EMAS. Organizations achieve greater transparency both externally through the environmental statement and internally through employees’ active involvement.

eco certification

The certification of the EMAS has a few benefits for the business certified with it. Being certified enhances the credibility, transparence and reputation of the businesses.

As the only environmental management tool requiring publication of an annual, independently validated environmental statement with detailed core indicators, EMAS provides registered organizations with a high degree of transparency. The EMAS regulation requires legal compliance with all relevant environmental legislation. This compliance is determined by third-party auditors and ensured by government supervision.


best practice

Westin Palace Hotel is an accommodation which is co certified by EMAS. The hotel has been replacing the lighting with LED lighting over the past years, and every time something needs to be replaced, they choose a model with a lower environmental impact. The hotel installed an energy recovery system that makes use of the condensation from its cooling towers to heat the water sent to its boilers. Furthermore, Westin Palace Madrid offers event and meeting organizers the chance to contribute towards carbon footprint reduction by paying a sum calculated based on the impact of the CO2 emissions produced in association with holding their events. Would you like to know more about EMAS, please visit their website.

You can recognize eco-certified hotels by the logo of EMAS!

EMAS is compliant with following hearts of the staygreencheck:


effective sustainable management and compliance with law


nature & environment

taking care of mother earth

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