EMAS as a Nest to Help And Nurture the Circular Economy

                          ENHANCE High-Level Dissemination Event / Plenary Session

                        September 17th, from 14:00 h – 16.00 h through the Microsoft TEAMS platform.

The overall objective of Interreg Europe ENHANCE project (EMAS as a Nest to Help And Nurture the Circular Economy), is to improve the implementation of regional policy instruments oriented to increasing the efficiency in the use of resources by the exchange of experiences and practices on supporting EMAS (Eco-management and Audit scheme) registration. Partners from Austria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Italy, Andalusia and Catalonia as leader partner, participate in the project.

ENHANCE project has identified regulatory relief and incentives that should help many organisations to implement EMAS strategically as a very competitive tool for the transition to a circular economy. ENHANCE project, is positioned therefore as a boost and an opportunity to encourage organizations, especially SMEs, to the transition towards a circular economy model.

The ENHANCE High-level Dissemination Event in its Plenary Session, will have a strategic nature, and it is intended to give a vision of the projection that the actions developed by the project may have both at the level of administrations and organizations.

In this Plenary Session, we also have space for the evaluation of the actions and the debate through the TEAMS chat, to take advantage of synergies to increase the visibility and added value that EMAS brings to the organizations.


Moderator: Maria Passalacqua: Director of Club EMAS Catalonia

14:00-14:05 Welcome

                    Ms. Mercè Rius

                    General Director of Environmental Quality and Climate Change

                    Ministry of Territory and Sustainability , Government of Catalonia 

14:05– 14:15 EMAS in the context of the European Green Deal

                    Mr. Kęstutis Sadauskas,

                    Director of Circular Economy & Green Growth

                    Directorate-General for Environment

                    EUROPEAN COMMISSION

14:15-14:25 Presentation of Interreg Europe Programme: state of play

                    Mr. Erwin Siweris 

                    Programme Director, Interreg Europe

14:25-14:30 Overview of Interreg Europe ENHANCE project

                    Ms. Maria José Sarrias

                    Head of the Service of Environmental Qualification

                    Ministry of Territory and Sustainability , Government of Catalonia 

14:30-15:15 Strategic results of the project

                - “The Catalonia Action Plan: strategic projection”

                Mr. Josep Maria Masip, Head of the Section of Qualification System

                Ministry of Territory and Sustainability, Government of Catalonia

                - “The impact and results of Andalusian EMAS Action Plan”

                Ms. Inmaculada Tola, Planning Office

                General Directorate for Environmental Quality and Climate Change , Regional Government                 of Andalusia

                - "EMAS as a tool toward circular GPP: ENHANCE project in Italy"

                Mr. Tiberio Daddi, Assistant professor

                Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies-SSSA.

                - “Improving resource efficiency in Estonian companies as a result of ENHANCE project“

                Mr. Harri Moora, Programme Director of Environmental Management Programme

                SEI Tallinn, Stockholm Environment Institute Tallinn Centre

                - “Environmental awareness of public authorities”

                Ms. Jana Sajdoková, Environmental Labelling Specialist

                CENIA, Czech Environmental Information Agency

                - “The results of the Austrian EMAS Action Plan”

                Ms. Monika Brom, Deputy head of unit

                Environment Agency Austria

15:15-15:25 What’s next beyond the ENHANCE? Let’s try to involve EMAS in the European policy context

                Ms. Friederike Detry

                EMAS policy officer

                Directorate-General for Environment

                Sustainable Production, Products & Consumption


15:25- 15:50 Discussion and Interaction with participants (questions via chatbox)

15:50-16:00 Closure of the event

                Ms. Maria Passalacqua

                Director of Club EMAS Catalonia