Sustainability and environmental management

The Energy Community Secretariat is committed to do its utmost to support the Contracting Parties in the transition of their energy sectors to a sustainable path, in line with numerous environmental and climate acts as adopted by the Ministerial Council. At the same time, the Secretariat’s supporting role does not come without an environmental impact, including a substantial carbon footprint. For instance,

  • In 2019, the Secretariat organized 98 official meetings, which were attended by approximately 2.700 participants.
  • The participation at the Secretariat events, together with the staff's travelling, amounted to roughly 3.6 million flight kilometers in 2019.

These considerations resulted in a decision to engage in introducing the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) at the Secretariat. The EMAS Regulation, which is the EU’s flagship measure in environmental management, requires organizations to assess, manage and continuously improve their environmental performance.

As one of the first steps in the EMAS process, the Secretariat published its Environmental Policy in June 2020. This paper underlines the Secretariat’s overall environmental commitment and specifies the organization's objectives in terms of environmental performance. The Environmental Programme, in return, translates these objectives into measurable targets. For each target, several actions were determined. The Secretariat expects to be in a position to apply for EMAS certification in July 2021. The publication of its first Environmental Statement is envisaged latest in August 2021.

The pages below highlight measures particularly relevant to Secretariat's staff and its visitors. 

 

Get familiar with the objectives

Environmental Policy 2020

Secretariat's green office measures 

Energy management

Smart heating User Guide, other measures

Waste management

Separation, re-cycling rules

Events, travel, procurement

Hybrid events principle, other measures