Presidential palace the first in EU to be awarded EMAS environmental cert

first_imgThe presidential palace in Cyprus has been awarded two environmental certificates, the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) and the eco-label “Green Offices”, making it the only seat of government in the EU with such certification.Both certificates were awarded during a ceremony, at the palace, with those attending expressing hope that similar practices will be extended to the rest of the public sector. The cabinet is expected to adopt a relevant decision soon, it was announced.EMAS is a premium management instrument developed by the European Commission for companies and other organisations to evaluate, report, and improve their environmental performance.“Green Offices” is an innovative eco-label for offices and buildings, based on the activities of the Foundation for Environmental Education, an international NGO focusing on sustainable development around the world.It requires strict implementation of a series of criteria concerning energy and water consumption, waste management, green areas and environmental training, among others.Both certificates were received by Theodosis Tsiolas, Head of the presidency administration. The event was also attended by the minister of agriculture Nicos Kouyialis and the director of the president’s office, Michalis Sofocleous, who delivered a speech on behalf of the president.In the address, President Nicos Anastasiades said: “We aim at presenting an example today for other departments, services and ministries of the Republic to follow, along with private companies” he said.Kouyialis said the aim was to extend the scheme throughout the state apparatus, noting that “this is a promise to our children”.The programme is run under the auspices of the Commissioner and the National Operator is the Cyprus Marine Environment Protection Association (Cymepa).You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoLiverMD | SupplementTop Doctor Recommends Liver Health SolutionLiverMD | SupplementUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img