To increase the efficiency, quality and competitiveness of small and medium sized enterprises through the implementation and certification according to ISO 14001 and environmental management systems such as EMAS.
- ISO 14000 is a list of international standards on environmental management. It provides a framework for the development of both the system and the supporting audit program.
- ISO 14001 was first published in 1996 and specifies the actual requirements for an environmental management system. It is applied to those environmental aspects on which the organization has control and over which it can be expected to have an influence.
- The realization of environmental risk analysis and the implementation of a strategic planning of actions as well as an implementation of EMAS helps indutrial sites to:
1. Minimize pollution by creating a cleaner and healthier environment;
2. Operate more efficiently, by minimizing energy and water consumptions by saving natural resources and by reducing waste;
3. Optimize their production and processing costs; therefore improving profitability and enhancing competitiveness;
4. Openly report about the different environmental aspect:
- Their improvements
- Their statement
- The general public information of their environmental achievements
5. Develop new markets for their products and services from the competitive advantage that positive environmental management can achieve.