The ISO 14001 standard is one of the ISO standards and serves as an environmental management standard. It is the most recognized standard for environmental management systems. Companies worldwide utilize it to efficiently and systematically implement procedures that will improve their environmental performance.
The EcoManagement and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a voluntary environmental certification system established within the European Union. It allows companies to reduce their impact on the natural environment and cut operational costs. Implementing EMAS concludes with the company’s registration in the EMAS Registry, providing access to supporting tools.
EMAS requires the implementation of ISO 14001 principles and serves as a natural continuation of it. However, EMAS implementation does not mandate having an ISO 14001 certification.