The European Union is committed to environmental protection worldwide and this includes environmental policy in its institutions. As an EU institution, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) has a duty to contribute to sustainable development by engaging with the principles of sound environmental management in its day-to-day work.
EMAS, the Eco Management and Audit Scheme, is the environmental management system used by the ECA in accordance with ISO 14001:2004 standards and EMAS Regulation (EC) No 1221/2009.
The ECA launched the EMAS project in 2013, aiming to obtain the EMAS certification by the end of 2016.
On 13 November 2015, the European Court of Auditors adopted an environmental policy formalising its participation in a high-quality environmental management initiative. Through this policy the ECA commits itself to:
introducing measures to reduce carbon dioxide emissions;
promoting the efficient use of energy and taking steps to reduce its consumption of electricity, water and paper;
including environmental criteria in its public procurement procedures;
applying best practices in waste management;
encouraging all staff to act sustainably and contribute actively to achieving the targets of this policy.
ECA Carbon Footprint Report 2014
In the same context, for 2014 the ECA established an initial diagnosis of the greenhouse gas emissions generated by its activities, with the aim of systematically cutting its CO2 emissions.