The Basque County in 5th place in Europe as regards the number of EMAS environmental certifications ahead of France, the United Kingdom and Portugal
The Basque Government has paid tribute this afternoon to 28 Basque organisations that have obtained EMAS environmental certification in the Basque Autonomous Community, along with those that have maintained their Eco-Management and Audit Scheme accreditation, where the European Union recognises those organisations that have implemented an environmental management system and have undertaken to be committed to continuous improvement, which is verified by independent audits. Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu, the Basque Premier, pointed out that ”these companies are a real ´environmental force´ as 2,887 organisations, with more than 10,000 plants, provide a great transformation capacity in the process to change the development model that we have embarked on”.
The ceremony was held at the Lehendakaritza, the office of the Basque Premier, to mark the 20th anniversary of the EMAS environmental management system in Europe and was presided by Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu and the Basque Government’s Minister for the Environment and Territorial Policy, Ana Oregi. The Deputy Minister for the Environment, Iosu Madariaga, the Ihobe Director, Javier Agirre, and the Director for Planning and Environmental Quality, Alejandra Iturrioz, also took part. Dean Whynacht, the Managing Director of EATON INDUSTRIES, the first company to be included in the EMAS Register for the Basque Country and Spain, spoke on behalf of all the delegates and stressed the significance of the ceremony.
Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu described the organisations presents as an “environmental force” and stressed the “transformation capacity that 2,887 organisations, with over 10,000 registered plants, can contribute as a key factor that the public administrations will have take into account in the process to change the development model that we have embarked on”.