The CAEMIS-NETS project highlighted the importance of auditable systems based approaches to environmental management, particularly as exemplified in the EU Eco-Managment and Audit Schemes (EMAS). It introduced an innovative computer based tool which supports the design, implementation and development of environmental management systems in industry which could develop into a standardised EU-Wide acknowledged systems standard.
The objective of the project was to enhance dissemination of the methodologies, best practice and results emerging from Caemis into key industrial domains and across various regulatory environments and member states. This required materials in different languages and events in different member states in order to disseminate the information widely. The original team members were complemented by a participant from Imperial College.
This project provided nearly EURO 200,000 to enable the participants to disseminate information about the previous Caemis project and to extend its implementation into new sectors. A large number of activities were undertaken including conferences, leaflets, CD Roms etc, which were professionally produced. However, there did not appear to be a great demand for this material and although large numbers of items were distributed, it is not clear what impact has been achieved e.g. how many organisations are now making use of the software. Some new knowledge was obtained / exchanged between participants including an assessment of the EMAS and ISO 14001 requirements and the provisions of Caemis.