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Analysing the causes of environmental management and audit scheme (EMAS) decrease in Europe

Daddi, T; De Giacomo, MR; Frey, M; Iraldo, F; (2017) Analysing the causes of environmental management and audit scheme (EMAS) decrease in Europe. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 10.1080/09640568.2017.1395316. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Environmental Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is the most important public standard for an Environmental Management System. In the last few years, the number of certified organisations has been decreasing. Scholars have largely debated the drivers, barriers and benefits, but the recent decrease in EMAS registrations has not been sufficiently studied, leaving unsolved questions for scholars, practitioners and policy-makers. This paper aims to address this literature gap by (i) analysing the trends of other voluntary certification schemes in order to understand whether the decrease is a peculiarity of EMAS; (ii) investigating the reasons why formerly registered organisations have abandoned EMAS and why ISO14001 certified organisations do not adopt EMAS. The paper reports results of 17 interviews highlighting the lack of financial and human resources, the lack of market and stakeholder recognition, and the unclear added value of EMAS as reasons for the decrease of EMAS.

Type: Article
Title: Analysing the causes of environmental management and audit scheme (EMAS) decrease in Europe
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2017.1395316
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2017.1395316
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: EMAS abandonment, drop out factors, EMAS decrease, environmental management systems, ISO14001
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10038242
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