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KÖVET (Audi Hungaria) - EMAS Roundtable

Added on 22-03-2013

Company

Audi

Network

KÖVET Association for Sustainable Economies

Year

2007-

Business challenge

The prevalency of EU's EMAS environment management system in Hungary is low; the organizations having the ISO 14001 environment management system are less motivated to establish EMAS. The reason behind this is on one hand the high requirements of the system, and on the other hand the low acceptance of the high performance (environmental and law) from the side of authority and law. Besides all this, in Hungary there was a certain forum missing, which would make the agreements between the participants possible; and would also make an organic composition of point of views and aims possible. 

Description

Audi Hungaria Motor Kft. developed the EMAS-Round-table in 2007 as a common forum for the interested. The establishment of the Round-table had more aims. On one hand, the aim was to develop a platform, where all the affected parties can represent themselves in connection with the EMAS system, and where they have the opportunity to have agreement and to get to know good practices. And on the other hand, the aim with developing this forum was that the Round-table should elaborate suggestions based on common agreement, with the help of which the prevalency of EMAS system in Hungary can be increased; furthermore the capacity of the organizations already applying the systems can be acknowledged. On the events of the Round-table, all the participants affected regarding EMAS were present, beside the authenticated organizations, the authenticators, the codifiers (Ministry), the Competent Corporation, the National Accrediting Corporation and the environment-protection NGO-s also represented themselves. The Round-table was organized four times, since its start in 2007, and out of the four times, Audi Hungaria Motor Kft. gave place for the first two occasions. And in the other two events (organizers: OKTVF; Balaton Integration and Development Agency Community Non-profit Kft.) it also had a role in the organization. During the first occasion the laying of the basis of the cooperation and the defining of the common aims was realized. After this, during the second occasion, with the help of thematic workshops the participants could disclose the problems standing in the background of the lack of prevalency and motivation and they elaborated suggestions for solving the problems. The law issues of the suggestion-pack based on common agreement and the arising questions and problems were examined by involving a lawyer-consultant of the then Ministry of Environment Protection and elaborated a suggestion for developing them. The EMAS-Round-table is still a dynamic and active organization, which –beyond harmonizing the interest and forming them into common suggestions- can give an opportunity to get to know the participating parties and their good practices, and to make connections and to provide information in connection with EMAS for the organizations, which are interested in the system. The Audi Hungaria Motor Kft. is further committed to operate the EMAS-Round-table and will support it in the future as well. 

Impact

The main difficulty in establishing the Round-table was that this kind of a cooperative form is not typical in EU (still unique); furthermore the participating parties were on the other side from a certain point of view (e.g.: authenticated organizations would like law alleviations as against the Ministry and the Competent Corporation). It was another problem to harmonize the different mentalities (company – legislation). The openness of the participants and the common target was of great help. 

Challenges/Lessons learned:

A cooperative net was developed between the parties affected in the EMAS system; that is authenticated organizations, authenticators, all-time codifiers (ministerial level), competent corporation, accrediting party and the environment-protection NGO-s.
The achieved advantages can be summarized according to the followings: developing connections, getting to know the views of each other, promoting the communication of the affected parties, developing a common "problem-map", elaborating suggestions, putting suggestions to enactment, getting to know good practices. 

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