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News article13 December 2017

5 minutes to shape European’s guidance on environmental performance

Since 2011, we at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) have been developing guidance on Best Environmental Management Practices for a number of priority sectors. These guides, developed with industry experts for a variety of sectors ranging from tourism to agriculture or car manufacturing, provide inspiration and guidance for organisations on a path to improve their environmental performance.

In the next few months, the first batch of priority sectors will have been covered – but the story doesn’t end there. We are now looking at ways to build on this wealth of knowledge to reach out and expand the impact of Best Practices even further. We will soon be launching a new approach and format for Best Environmental Management Practices. We will develop an online tool to:

  • make it easier to find and access existing best practice that has been developed for the current priority sectors;
  • streamline the process for stakeholders to provide feedback on the relevance of best practice, how they are implementing it, or how it could be improved;
  • simplify and accelerate the development of new best practice across sectors, to make it more quickly accessible to a broader audience and make it easier to update state-of-the-art knowledge.

Based on the experience of having developed the best practice for the 11 priority sectors, we are reimagining the way we work and collaborate with stakeholders to set up a more relevant and updated platform.

YOUR feedback will be greatly appreciated at this critical stage to indicate how to reshape Best Environmental Management Practices in the most valuable way. 5 minutes is all it will take you to complete the online survey and feedback what makes most sense for you.

Please respond by 22nd December! We are looking forward to hearing from you and working together on this new tool. In case of any question or comment, please e-mail the JRC team in charge of developing the best practice and the new format.

Thank you very much in advance for your participation!


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Publication date
13 December 2017