Environmental management legislation

Environmental management is covered in the Act on Voluntary Participation in the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS Act) and the EU Regulation on eco-management and audits.

  • Act on Voluntary Participation in the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (121/2011, in Finnish, Finlex)

The most essential content regarding environmental management can be found in the EU Regulation. The EMAS Act largely covers the creation of the national infrastructure required to implement the regulation – authorised bodies and accreditation bodies, for example.

Adherence to the EMAS Act and EU Regulation, and therefore participation in the EMAS system, is voluntary for organisations. Organisations can use the EMAS system to indicate that they handle environmental matters to a higher standard than is required by mandatory legislation.

A third-party verifier inspects the environmental management system and environmental report of the organisations involved in the EMAS system.

Further information

Ministerial Adviser Merja Saarnilehto, tel. +358 295 250 259, firstname.lastname@ym.fi

Published 2013-10-01 at 10:50, updated 2016-06-28 at 12:40