} Promotion of ISO 14000, including through the publication of the Kazakh/Russian-language text of standards;
} Promotion of the basic principles of an environmental audit of industrial enterprises;
} Training of auditors;
} Development of the regulatory framework for environmental auditing;
} Introduction of a national system of environmental certification and labeling of products as well as a first step - the formal recognition of the specific eco-labeling of imported products
14. Please, describe more detailed the key elements of EMAS
Performance: EMAS is a voluntary environmental management scheme based on a harmonized scheme throughout the European Union with the objective to improve the environmental performance of organisations by committing themselves to evaluate and reduce their environmental impact.
Transparency: Public information on an organization’s environmental performance is an important aspect of the scheme’s objective. It is achieved externally through the environmental statement, which provides information to the public on the environmental impact and performance of that organization, and within the organization through the active involvement of employees in the implementation of the scheme. The EMAS logo which can be displayed on letterheads, environmental statements, and adverts for products, activities and services is an attractive visual tool to demonstrate an organization’s commitment to improving its environmental performance and indicates the reliability of the information provided.
Credibility:The external and independent nature of the EMAS registration and verification process (competent bodies, accreditation bodies and verifiers under the control of the EU Member States) ensures the public credibility and reliability of the scheme including the environmental management system and the organisation’s information to the public (environmental statement).
15. Please, identify key deliverables for an effective EMS in relation to legal compliance.
• policy commitment to legal compliance and improving environmental performance;
• identification of legal and other environmental requirements mapped against operational activities, services and products;
• periodic evaluation of legal compliance to identify and remedy non-compliances through appropriate corrective and preventive actions;
• staff awareness, competencies and training required for managing legal compliance;
• operational controls and emergency preparedness to meet legal requirements;
• monitoring, audits and management review to check and make appropriate changes to controls, systems and procedures; and
• delivery of improvements where these have been identified or required by the regulator – note that this deliverable is incorporated in the above six points.
16. Please, describe the operational indicators (core and sub-) of EPE
} Sub-Indicators that Qualitatively Supplement the Core Indicators
In order to properly understand environmental activities, sub-indicators that qualitatively supplement the core indicators are necessary because the core indicators mainly measure environmental efforts quantitatively.