EMAS (the English acronym for Eco-Management and Audit Scheme, Community Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) is the EU voluntary instrument which acknowledges organisations that improve their environmental performance on a continuous basis. The scheme has been available for participation by companies since 1995 and was originally restricted to companies in industrial sectors. Since 2001 EMAS has been open to all economic sectors including public and private services.
In 2009 the EMAS Regulation was revised and modified for the second time. It was published on 22 December 2009 and entered into force on 11 January 2010.
As in the ISO 14001, processes based on continuous improvements are an essential requirement of the EMAS management systems with regard to environment. The process of continuous improvement is a well known concept in quality management.
More than 4,100 registered organisations are legally compliant, run an environmental management system and report on their environmental performance through the publication of an independently verified environmental statement. They are recognised by the EMAS logo, which guarantees the reliability of the information provided. Certified organisations include industrial companies, small and medium enterprises, services, third sector organisations, administrations and international organisations (including the European Commission and the European Parliament themselves.
There are some requirements which must be fulfilled by organizations for the registration of EMAS.
- The organization must have a Policy related to the Environment
- There must be on site review of the Policy
- There must be clear objectives of the organization regarding Environment, on the basis of Policy and Review discuss above
- Audit of the matter related to the Environment
- A clear statement by the organization regarding the Environment
The Blue Flag Campaign:
This marina has been awarded with the Blue Flag. The Blue Flag is awarded to marinas that make a special effort with regard to the environmental management of the port and the surrounding natural area and that it provides users with information on environmental issues.
In order to obtain the Blue Flag, the marina must meet a series of requirements related to accessibility, education and environmental information, environmental management and security services, as well as cleaning and water quality.
Some details about Blue Flag:
The Blue Flag is an award granted by the Foundation fro Enviromental Education (FEE), a non-governmental and environmental organization, represented by national organizations in 40 countries in 5 continents. ADEAC is the representative branch for FEE in Spain.The Blue Flag is an award for environmental quality which is granted to beaches and marines.
The Blue Flag covers four main areas: 1) information and education 2) Environmental management 3) Safety and services 4) Water quality.
The Blue Flag is an award that is granted for one season and it is only valid while the beach is still eligible. When this is not the case, the blue flag should be lowered by port authorities
Each national organization of the FEE Blue Flag inspects the Blue Flag sites, at least annually, during the season.
You can also help the campaign actively contributing to environmental protection:
- Follow the instructions of the code of conduct in the marina and its surroundings.
- Use environmentally friendly products for paints, detergents, etc..
- Report pollution or other violations of environmental authorities.
- Save water, electricity and fuel.
- Encourage other boaters to take care of the environment.
These are the names and addresses of local national Blue Flag managers. You can help the campaign by contacting any of them stating your opinion on the degree of compliance of the marina with regard to the Blue Flag criteria. This will help ensure that the quality standards required for the Blue Flag are maintained.
C/ General Lacy 3 Portal 1 1ºB
28045 Madrid Spain
Tel: +34 914 353 147
Fax: +34 914 350 597
Blue Flag operator: Virginia Yuste Abad.
PORT DE ROSES
Avinguda de Rhode,s/n
Tel: 972 15 44 12
Fax : 972 15 38 68
Mail : Info@portroses.com
Person in charge: Juan Sáenz de Santa María