The purpose of the regulation is to encourage all kinds of organizations to improve their environmental performance. The introduction of an environmental management system, performing internal audits and publishing an annual environmental statement stimulates continual improvement of an organization’s environmental performance.
EMAS can be used to complement an ISO 14001 certificate. The most important extra is the environmental statement and its verification by an impartial verifier. In addition, the verifier makes an explicit pronouncement about the organization’s compliance with legislation and regulations in a written statement. The competent body for registration approaches the competent authorities asking whether there are any objections to EMAS registration related to this compliance.