Sustainability and environmental management

The Energy Community Secretariat is committed to do its utmost to support the Contracting Parties in the transition  to sustainable energy, in line with the numerous environmental and climate acts adopted by the Ministerial Council. At the same time, the Secretariat’s supporting role does not come without an adverse 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 to the Secretariat's 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.

The Secretariat got EMAS certified in September 2021.The pages below highlight the milestones of the project, including the key deliverables. The focus is put on measures particularly relevant to the Secretariat's staff and  visitors to its premises. 

 

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