“EMAS Eastwards” : Implications of the Spread of Voluntary, Standardised Environmental Management Systems in Central and Eastern Europe

Ralph Meima, Richard Starkey

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Abstract

Between February 1999 and July 2000, a team of researchers from Britain, Denmark, France, and Sweden carried out a telephone survey, background investigations, and six expert seminars in Central and Eastern Europe, with the purpose of exploring the consequences and implications of the spread of ISO 14001 and EMAS in this region. The telephone survey, carried out during the summer of 1999, targeted a large sample of EMAS-registered sites in 13 EU countries, and investigated the extent to which organisations with EMAS registered sites place environmental management demands upon and/or co-operate with suppliers and subsidiaries in CEE/NIS countries. Background investigations involved identifying published studies and other information relating to the use of EMS. The six expert seminars were carried out in Romania, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Poland, and Russia, and created a setting for extensive dialogue with informed practitioners and researchers from industry, government, NGOs, and academia. Our investigations were focused not only upon questions relating to the adoption and use of voluntary EMS in firms and other organisations, but also upon broader questions dealing with national accreditation schemes and other institutional issues.

The project was supported by an ENRICH grant from the Science & Technology Directorate-General (formerly DG-XII)of the European Commission.

This report provides an overview of the project and discusses our findings and recommendations. Two companion documents also generated by the project are (1)a report on the 1999 telephone survey of EMAS-registered sites,and (2 an annotated bibliography of EMS-related materials identified during the background research.
Original languageEnglish
Publisher[Publisher information missing]
Publication statusPublished - 2000

Publication series

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ISSN (Print)1650-1675

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Keywords

  • Eastern Europe
  • Environmental management systems

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