29.10. Berlin | Expert Discussion "Financial Incentives for Sustainable Business”

The European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) helps companies improve their environmental performance. How can financial public incentives promote the uptake of EMAS? How can environmental policy goals be strengthened? These questions will be the focus of this technical discussion.


The commitment of business and the private sector as a whole is crucial to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of Agenda 2030. But how can companies implement the necessary measures to achieve climate and environmental objectives? What role can EMAS play? And how can the state financially support its uptakeby businesses?

Within the framework of a half-day expert discussion, we seek to address these questions with EMAS organisations as well as agents from the political, industrial and scientific communities.

“A (new) opportunity to strengthen the function of EMAS?”
Expert discussion on financial incentives for sustainable economic activity

Monday 29 Oktober 2018
13.00 to 17.00

Location: Federal Environment Ministry, Stresemannstraße 128-130, Room 1.001, 10117 Berlin

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Expoert Discussion Programme

Due to the limited number of participants, we ask for your understanding that you will only be considered registered if you have received a separate confirmation of registration from us by email.


The adoption of an environmental management system according to EMAS is voluntary. The use and success of EMAS is therefore determined to a large extent by companies’ perceived cost-benefit ratio of adopting it. That being said, previous experience does show that the costs of introducing and complying with EMAS cannot always be recouped by efficiency gains. Additional financial incentives from the state would play an important strategic role in promoting the dissemination of EMAS.

The discussion will look at possibilities for strengthening EMAS as an environmental policy instrument with the help of tax incentives. In addition, it aims to identify the required conditions within the political framework for this to be achieved.

Selected Speakers

  • Professor Dr. Erik Gawel, Director of the Institute for Infrastructure and Resource Management at the University of Leipzig
  • Dr. Nils aus dem Moore, Head of the Research Group "Sustainability and Governance" at the RWI - Leibnitz Institute for Economic Research.

About EMAS

EMAS stands for Eco-Management and Audit Scheme and is the world's most demanding system for environmental management and environmental auditing. The Environmental Verification Committee is an independent advisory body of the Federal Ministry of Environment. As a multi-stakeholder forum, the UGA brings together various interest groups in the field of environmental management and is actively involved in the dissemination and implementation of EMAS.