The European Union's Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS)

The European Union's Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS)

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IwenttothewoodsbecauseIwishedtolivedeliberately, tofrontonlytheessential factsoflife, andseeifIcouldnotlearnwhatithadtoteach, andnot, whenIcameto die, discoverthatIhadnotlived. HenryDavidThoreau Whilethehistoryoftheglobalenvironmentalmovementhasbeenwelldocumented and addressedinalmost countless texts, it is instructive to examine severalkey events in the movement, in order to more fully understand the impetus for and impact of the European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), which is the subject of this text. The landmark bookSilentSpring played a vitally important role in stimulating the 1 contemporary environmental movement . SilentSpring sold over 500, 000 copies in its hard cover printing, spent over half a year on theNewYorkTimes bestseller list, and was published in two dozen other countries. Author Ramachandra Guha notes how the impact of Silent Spring was by no means restricted to theUnited States...translated into twelve languages, Silent Springhad a strikingimpact on the resurgence of envi- 2 ronmentalism throughout Europe . The book gained prominence in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany and Sweden, among other countries. Environmentalists had for some time been concerned with the protection of endangered species or beautifulhabitats; itwasSilentSpring which helped them move further, to an appreciation that in in nature nothing exists alone ...that nature was, in sum, an 3 intricate web of lifewhose interwoven strands lead frommicrobes to man . Secondly, Earth Day, a nation-wideeffort intheUnited States on 22 April 1970, gave a forum for estimated 20 million participants [to af?rm] their commitment toaclean environment..., and to advocate changes inthe manner inwhich theU.S.qwas introduced in 1995, ISO 14000 did not exist: that program came into place a€” effectively a€” in 1996. ... It has been postulated that the reason for the relatively rapid growth of ISO 14000, both compared to EM AS and as a stand-alone standard, is due in large part ... The American Chemistry Councila#39;s ( ACC) Responsible Care Program, in its initial form, was limited a€” essentially a€” only to ( 1 ) chemicalanbsp;...

Title:The European Union's Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS)
Author:Michael S. Wenk
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2005-04-05


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