A Commission proposal for a Council Regulation (EEC) allowing voluntary participation by companies in the industrial sector in a Community Eco-audit scheme (COM(91) 459, submitted on 6 March 1992) aims to promote improvements in the environmental performance of industrial activities via: - The establishment and implementation of environmental protection systems by companies; - Systematic, objective and periodic evaluation of the performance of such systems; - Provision of information on environmental performance to the public. It is proposed that companies operating in any industrial activity may participate in the Eco-audit scheme by undertaking to comply with the rules and conditions set out in the Regulation at each site involved. The Commission shall request the appropriate European standardization bodies to develop and adopt standards for environmental management systems based on criteria annexed to the proposal. Participants will be entitled to employ an Eco-audit logo on company documents and publications.
Policy making and guidelines
20 October 1993