The Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a voluntary Regulation that defines the European Environmental Management System (EMS). Today the EMAS is undergoing a revision process, in order to fit the scheme to organizations and stakeholders’ requirements and increase its diffusion. Italy accounts for roughly 1,000 of the 4,000 certified European organizations and, especially during the last five years, a growing number of organizations have not renewed the certification. Thus, the aim of the survey is to investigate why many Italian organizations have dropped out of EMAS, and to identify which enabling measures would be more effective in order to encourage organizations to move back to the certification. The target of the questionnaire were the 339 Italian organizations that did not renew their EMAS registration between 2010 and 2015, and we obtained 99 responses. In the first part of the paper, we present the general findings, while in the second one, certified Public Administrations and private-owned organizations are compared in order to delineate significant differences between the two groups. Concerning motivations for not renewing EMAS, implementation costs were the key reasons for both groups. Conversely, considering the possible enabling measures, while private-owned organizations demand long term tax benefits, Public Administrations prefer a greater consideration of EMAS in public funding. This paper systematically addresses this phenomenon through a survey, contributing to reduce the existing gap in literature and providing a useful input to decision-makers who are overseeing the EMAS revision process.

Merli, R., Lucchetti, M.C., Preziosi, M., Arcese, G. (2018). Causes of Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) stagnation and enabling measures to stimulate new registrations: characterization of Public Administrations and Private-owned organizations. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION [10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.03.303].

Causes of Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) stagnation and enabling measures to stimulate new registrations: characterization of Public Administrations and Private-owned organizations

Merli, Roberto
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Lucchetti, Maria Claudia;Preziosi, Michele;Arcese, Gabriella
2018-01-01

Abstract

The Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a voluntary Regulation that defines the European Environmental Management System (EMS). Today the EMAS is undergoing a revision process, in order to fit the scheme to organizations and stakeholders’ requirements and increase its diffusion. Italy accounts for roughly 1,000 of the 4,000 certified European organizations and, especially during the last five years, a growing number of organizations have not renewed the certification. Thus, the aim of the survey is to investigate why many Italian organizations have dropped out of EMAS, and to identify which enabling measures would be more effective in order to encourage organizations to move back to the certification. The target of the questionnaire were the 339 Italian organizations that did not renew their EMAS registration between 2010 and 2015, and we obtained 99 responses. In the first part of the paper, we present the general findings, while in the second one, certified Public Administrations and private-owned organizations are compared in order to delineate significant differences between the two groups. Concerning motivations for not renewing EMAS, implementation costs were the key reasons for both groups. Conversely, considering the possible enabling measures, while private-owned organizations demand long term tax benefits, Public Administrations prefer a greater consideration of EMAS in public funding. This paper systematically addresses this phenomenon through a survey, contributing to reduce the existing gap in literature and providing a useful input to decision-makers who are overseeing the EMAS revision process.
Merli, R., Lucchetti, M.C., Preziosi, M., Arcese, G. (2018). Causes of Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) stagnation and enabling measures to stimulate new registrations: characterization of Public Administrations and Private-owned organizations. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION [10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.03.303].
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