The Environmental verification consists of checking that the Environmental Management System of the company complies with the requirements included in the EMAS 761/2001 EMAS Regulation. AENOR acts as the environmental verifier accredited by ENAC.
Regulation 1836/93 (EMAS) is a system by which industrial companies can voluntarily belong to the European eco-management and eco-auditing scheme. The aim is to stimulate production that is respectful towards nature through the public recognition of those companies due to their being included in a public register held by the European Commission.
The current EMAS regulation (761/2001), which replaces and revokes the previous regulation 836/1993, permits the voluntary involvement of organisations for the evaluation and improvement of their environmental behaviour and the disseminationd of information and data on their activity to the public in general, and to all interested parties.
Its scope has been extended compared to that of the previous regulation, since the former regulation was limited to the industrial sector. Consequently, it is open to service organisations.
It also entails greater compatibility of the EMAS regulation with other European and international standards and fundamentally with the UNE-EN ISO 14001 standard and the current regulation literally reproduces part of that standard (requirements).
However, organisations that wish to be included in the EMAS Register and which hold the UNE-EN ISO 14001 certification for their Environmental Management System must prove to the Environmental Verifier that they comply with all requirement laid down in the Regulation that are not covered by this standard (e.g., the Environmental Declaration).
AENOR, as the environmental verifier accredited by ENAC, can validate the environmental declarations of companies that wish to register for inclusion in Regulation (EC) nº 761/2001 of the European Parliament and Council dated March 19 2001, for which reason it is permitted for organisations to voluntarily belong to a European community environmental management and auditing system (EMAS).
Obtaining the AENOR Environmental Management Mark is compatible with compliance of the requirements laid down by EMAS, and companies obtain important advantages, since it has been proved that its environmental management system complies with virtually all the requirements of the Regulation.
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