THE ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
THE ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATIONS
The Pugnochiuso was certified in 2005 with IQNet Certificate and RINA ISO 14001 - 2004. The Pugnochiuso resort has obtained registration in accordance with the provisions of Regulation EC 1221/2009 EMAS III.
What is environmental certification?
Environmental certification is issued to organisations choosing voluntarily to adhere to the international standard ISO 14001:2004 or regulation 1221/2009, recognised Europe-wide and referred to as EMAS III. The application of the rule within the tourism complex of Pugnochiuso bases its effectiveness on a mechanism of planning > implementation > control > verification that regards all environmental aspects that the tourist complex of Pugnochiuso can control and influence.
In short, in order to gain certification, the tourism complex of Pugnochiuso has prepared an Initial Environmental Analysis that consists of a full study of the environmental impacts and performance connected with the work carried out and the simultaneous verification of compliance with applicable legislation; it has chosen its own Environmental Policy, i.e. objectives and general principles of action that the tourism complex of Pugnochiuso intends to set itself with regards to the environment; it has defined an Environmental Programme containing a description of the measures taken to achieve the specific, defined objectives; it has introduced an Environmental Management system (EMS), namely it has prepared a set of procedures and documents for correct environmental management and other aspects of the tourism complex of Pugnochiuso; finally, the tourism complex of Pugnochiuso also carries out regular audits of its environmental performance and the effectiveness of the environmental management system. Once these stages had been completed, the tourism complex of Pugnochiuso then applied for certification ISO 14001:2004 from RINA, an accredited SINCERT entity, for the release of the certifications.
WHAT IS EMAS REGISTRATION
Regulation EC No 1221/2009 EMAS III regulates the methods of voluntary adhesion by organisations to the European Community Eco Management and Audit System (EMAS). For the part relating to environmental management, EMAS fully encompasses the standard ISO 14001. As compared with Standard ISO 14001, the EMAS Regulation specifically includes:
1. an Environmental Statement, a public document clarifying the significant aspects of the Environmental Policy, the EMS and its organisation (this can be requested by anyone at reception).
2. A validation made by an independent environmental auditor accredited by the Ecolabel and Ecoaudit Committee, EMAS section (Ministry for the Environment).
Both these procedures are inspired by improvement: given a known starting point, objectives to be achieved are set and, therefore, the related changes made, followed by an audit of the results achieved, which give rise to a voluntary process of continuous improvement with objective results.
ISO and EMAS: what are the differences?
The two procedures have very similar standards, but if the ISO have internationally-recognised value, EMAS is a protocol established on a European Community level, attentive to interactions between the certification subject and its territory. In this case, therefore, the context analyses must be more in-depth and aimed, the environmental policy objectives and related actions must be attentive to contextual matters. Moreover, the keeping of the EMAS register in the European Community guarantees a better management of the certification system and a more defined identification of the certified aspects. EMAS, which is created within the European context, is growing rapidly on the international market, due to the credibility it offers and its strict compliance with the necessary requirements.