The EMAS Regulation is a key voluntary tool amongst those proposed by the European Union for organizations to manage their environmental impacts. The link with Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is quite evident since, apart from the focus on environmental impacts that these tools share, the correct implementation of the Environmental Management System (EMS) required to obtain EMAS registration allows gathering a great deal of information that can be used in an LCA. The survey presented in this paper focuses on Italian EMAS registered enterprises in the food sector, their view on this tool and in particular, the environmental impacts, the drivers to register, the difficulties encountered and the benefits achieved. Moreover, to identify the particularities of the food industry, the results from this sector are compare with those of all other registered organizations.
Lucchetti, M.C., Merli, R., Ippolito, C. (2010). The application of EMAS regulation in the Italian food industry: a reliable data source for LCA. In "LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT IN THE AGRI-FOOD SECTOR" (pp. 57-64). BARI : Università degli Studi di Bari settore editoriale.