About this good practice
Nearly 30 years have passed and very little has changed at EMAS. But the pandemic has undoubtedly driven change and promoted the adoption of new digital tools designed for communication.
This practice is addressed to all organisations that haven't enough resources and time to edit and communicate their Environmental Statements (EMAS).
Ecomundis have developed an online tool at its RightSupply.net platform, to facilitate the whole process: from data capture, to its transformation into graphical indicators and, finally, its projection to a self-generated web page that can be audited and published as a brand new Digital Environmental Statement.
Among other advantages, it allows
- its elaboration without the need to edit graphs or tables,
- direct presentation in several languages,
- integration with other reporting schemes,
- It can be easily updated and upgradable
Everything is generated in the system in an user-friendly way and without the need for a web developer or external assessment.
Around 4,000 organisations and more than 12,000 sites that are EMAS currently registered in Europe and the next to come, are able to use the platform and benefit from these advantages.
The standarisation of the structure and data of the statements, facilitates the validation processes by the auditing teams which also have to adapt to the new digitisation tools.
The human and financial resources provided by Ecomundis Consulting and the developers involved in the RightSupply Platform. The maintenance of the platform generates costs that are also assumed currently by Ecomundis as part of its process of digital innovation of services.
Evidence of success
Platform is currently being used by several organisations of very diverse typology, having
been verified by official accredited bodies in a satisfactory manner. Organisations have been registered by Catalonia EMAS competent body, which validates the acceptance of the digital environmental statement.
Currently are using the platform to produce their EMAS Digital Environmental Statements:
PUBLIC NATIONAL PARK
MANUFACTURE INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT
Potential for learning or transfer
This tool has a great transfer potential:
1. It generates a structure compatible with the EMAS Regulation in different languages,
2. It standardises the statements for registration by Competent Bodies in different countries.
4. It improves communication and understanding of the statements for the stakeholders.
This experience can be taken into account for future revisions of the European EMAS Regulation, providing its own universal digitalisation tool applicable to all companies and organisations that opt for EMAS REGISTRATION.
On 21 April 2021, the Commission adopted a proposal for a Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), which would amend the existing reporting requirements of the NFRD. This proposal introduces the possibility of digital reporting through a future tool”. EMAS should not lag behind in this area and should consider its final integration or digitisation.