The European Union is committed to environmental protection worldwide, and this commitment includes environmental policy within its institutions. As an EU institution, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) has a duty to contribute to sustainable development by applying the principles of sound environmental management in its day-to-day work.

Environmental Policy

On 28 November 2014, 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 objectives of this policy.

Environmental standard ISO 14001:2015

ISO 14001 Certified  

The ECA complies with the certification requirements of the internationally agreed quality standard ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental management system) and is officially ISO 14001 certified.

Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS)

EMAS Verified Environmental Management LU-000004  

We take part in the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), a management tool for evaluating, reporting on and improving organisations' environmental performance. We achieved EMAS registration in March 2017, and we successfully operate an environmental management system in line with EMAS Regulation (EC) No 1221/2009, as amended by Regulation (EU) No 2017/1505, and ISO 14001.

For additional information, please see the ECA's environmental statement, validated by an accredited verifier, in which we present our environmental performance results and any future plans for improvement.

Report on the ECA's carbon footprint

In 2014, the ECA drew up its first carbon footprint report, with a view to measuring the greenhouse gas emissions produced by the ECA's activities, and with the aim of systematically reducing its CO2.

The aim of this report, which is reassessed and published every year, is to keep track of the impact of the ECA's efforts to reduce our carbon footprint.

The ECA is currently drafting a roadmap to reduce emissions by 2030, to meet the targets set by the European Green Deal.

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