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Crisis turns businesses away from green certification

Research focusing on Italian and Spanish companies EMAS-certified has revealed that the economic downturn deters them from renewing their certificate. This trend appears particularly within the subgroup of companies basing their certification on government grants.  

According to the researchers from the University of the Basque Country (Spain) and the Laval University (Canada),  43.1% of the rms that took part in the study, conrmed that they were going to maintain their certicate, whereas 11.9% answered that they were not going to renew it and the remaining 45% expressed serious doubts about continuing. The research was conducted in 2012 and reports that the number of Spanish companies registered with EMAS was 1217.

A more recent study in Italy, the leader in EMAS registrations, found that “[s]ince the entryinto the force of the regulation in 1997, the number of registrations has constantly grown until 2008, when the figures started to drop. The phenomena are due to both the decrease of the annual registration rate and the lack of renewals.” According to this research, it is primarily small companies that face more difficulty in implementing the requirements, mainly due to lack of resources.

According to Eurostat, the number of registered companies has been significantly reduced during the crisis:   

 

 

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

EU (28

4446

4452

4100

4031

3921

Belgium

49

47

53

42

72

Denmark

92

72

63

54

46

Germany

1296

1240

1205

1229

1200

Greece

72

44

42

39

41

Spain

1217

1258

992

1072

943

France

20

21

26

19

35

Italy

1103

1190

1124

1017

1015

Netherlands

7

4

4

5

3

Austria

261

249

254

249

284

Poland

20

26

36

45

48

Portugal

76

68

59

58

58

Finland

24

8

6

4

4

Sweden

75

76

57

19

18

UK

56

59

51

48

47

                  Table: Organisations and sites with eco-management and audit scheme (EMAS) registration

 

EMAS is the European Union’s key tool to certify environmental excellence in the business sector. Further research will be needed in order to highlight the full range of trends and identify the best policy responses for its support. 

 

Sources

1) Saizarbitoria, I., Boiral, O. & Arana, G. (2016). Renewing environmental certification in times of crisis. Journal of Cleaner Production 115

2) Preziosi, M., Merli, R., and D’Amico, M. (2016, 22 February). Why Companies Do Not Renew Their EMAS Registration? An Exploratory Research. Sustainability 2016, 8, 191.

 

 

 

 

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