Ritical review of Environmental Statements

The European Community Eco-Management & Audit Scheme Regulation (Regulation 1221/2009) requires registered organisations to
publish an Environmental Statement on a three-yearly cycle. The Environmental Statement is made publically available following
independent verification and includes, inter alia, comprehensive information relating to environmental aspects and impacts,
environmental objectives and targets, and environmental performance and compliance. The Environmental Statement will be updated
periodically with regard to environmental performance and compliance (referred to as an Updated Environmental Statement). Details of
the requirements for Environmental Statements are set out in Annex IV of the revised 2009 Regulation.
The assignment requires you to conduct an evaluation of an Environmental Statement published in accordance with the EMAS
Regulation. You should use the Statement Checklist to perform the evaluation and prepare an Accompanying Statement of
Conformance that summarises and justifies your evaluation. Use the following instructions as a guide to conducting the evaluation.
1. Familiarise yourself with the EMAS Regulation by reading Regulation 1221/2009; pay particular attention to Annex IV. Whilst this
Regulation replaces and repeals Regulation 761/2001 (the second EMAS Regulation) it is valuable to compare the two as the
checklist is based on the former Regulation. Read Commission Recommendation 2003/532/EC on Environmental Performance
Evaluation and the relevant guidance notes on Validation and Verification and Environmental Statements. All materials are available
in Blackboard. You may also wish to consult the relevant international standards on Environmental Performance Evaluation (ISO
14031:1999) and Environmental Communication (ISO 14063:2006), which are available in Blackboard.
2. You are required to critically review an EMAS Environmental Statement. Copies of statements have been uploaded to the
Assignments section of Blackboard. Most statements will pre-date the most recent iteration of the Regulation but you should
assume that the 2009 requirements apply.
3. Complete the Statement Checklist based on an evaluation of the environmental statement bearing in mind the requirements of the
Regulation and associated guidance.
4. Prepare an Accompanying Statement of Conformance, which should summarise your approach to the evaluation, highlight the
principal areas of non-conformance, any other deficiencies and any examples of good practice, and justify your evaluation.
5. The document should be presented as a formal business report directed at the Environmental Manager of the organisation.
6. A brief introduction to EMAS is given below and the Checklist is available in Blackboard.

Ritical review of Environmental Statements

The European Community Eco-Management & Audit Scheme Regulation (Regulation 1221/2009) requires registered organisations to publish an Environmental Statement on a three-yearly cycle. The Environmental Statement is made publically available following independent verification and includes, inter alia, comprehensive information relating to environmental aspects and impacts, environmental objectives environmental performance and compliance. The Environmental Statement will be updated periodically with regard to environmental performance and compliance (referred to as an Updated Environmental Statement). Details of the requirements for Environmental Statements are set out in Annex IV of the revised 2009 Regulation.
The assignment requires you to conduct an evaluation of an Environmental Statement published in accordance with the EMAS Regulation. You should use the Statement Checklist to perform the evaluation and prepare an Accompanying Statement of Conformance that summarises and justifies your evaluation. Use the following instructions as a guide to conducting the evaluation.
1. Familiarise yourself with the EMAS Regulation by reading Regulation 1221/2009; pay particular attention to Annex IV. Whilst this Regulation replaces and repeals Regulation 761/2001 (the second EMAS Regulation) it is valuable to compare the two as the checklist is based on the former Regulation. Read Commission Recommendation 2003/532/EC on Environmental Performance Evaluation and the relevant guidance notes on Validation and Verification and Environmental Statements. All materials are available in Blackboard. You may also wish to consult the relevant international standards on Environmental Performance Evaluation (ISO 14031:1999) and Environmental Communication (ISO 14063:2006), which are available in Blackboard.
2. You are required to critically review an EMAS Environmental Statement. Copies of statements have been uploaded to the Assignments section of Blackboard. Most statements will pre-date the most recent iteration of the Regulation but you should assume that the 2009 requirements apply.
3. Complete the Statement Checklist based on an evaluation of the environmental statement bearing in mind the requirements of the Regulation and associated guidance.
4. Prepare an Accompanying Statement of Conformance, which should summarise your approach to the evaluation, highlight the principal areas of non-conformance, any other deficiencies and any examples of good practice, and justify your evaluation.
5. The document should be presented as a formal business report directed at the Environmental Manager of the organisation.
6. A brief introduction to EMAS is given below and the Checklist is available in Blackboard. Learning outcomes
The assessment is designed to allow students to demonstrate the ability to:
1. Apply environmental management tools to evaluate the performance of the business community in addressing the sustainability agenda;
2. Interpret key concepts of environmental performance evaluation and social accountability;

Referencing Requirements:
1.Details of the requirements for Environmental Statements are set out in Annex IV of the revised 2009 Regulation.
2.The assignment requires you to conduct an evaluation of an Environmental Statement published in accordance with the EMAS Regulation. You should use the Statement Checklist to perform the evaluation and prepare an Accompanying Statement of Conformance that summarises and justifies your evaluation. Use the following instructions as a guide to conducting the evaluation.
3.Familiarise yourself with the EMAS Regulation by reading Regulation 1221/2009; pay particular attention to Annex IV. Whilst this Regulation replaces and repeals Regulation 761/2001 (the second EMAS Regulation) it is valuable to compare the two as the checklist is based on the former Regulation. Read Commission Recommendation 2003/532/EC on Environmental Performance Evaluation and the relevant guidance notes on Validation and Verification and Environmental Statements. All materials are available in Blackboard. You may also wish to consult the relevant international standards on Environmental Performance Evaluation (ISO 14031:1999) and Environmental Communication (ISO 14063:2006)