Secretariat takes steps to introduce Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS)

30 June 2020

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 the environmental and climate acquis 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, air travel by the Secretariat’s staff and participants to its meetings amounts to more than one million kilometers every year.

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, the Secretariat published its Environmental Policy. This paper underlines the Secretariat’s commitments to the environment and specifies the organization's overall intentions and direction in terms of environmental performance.

The Secretariat expects to obtain the EMAS certification in the course of 2021.