The European Patent Office consumes a large amount of heat and electrical energy, as well as water and paper, and generates both waste and CO2 emissions. It has addressed these environmental issues by introducing an environmental management system that meets the requirements of the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).
With a view to improving its environmental performance, the EPO continuously assesses the environmental impact of its operations. It sets objectives and targets and reviews them on a regular basis.
The following principles and objectives guide the EPO's actions:
Since the EPO considers it the responsibility of every staff member to help meet the objective of achieving optimal environmental protection, it provides its staff with appropriate training, advice and information and encourages them to develop new ideas on how to implement the Office's environmental policy effectively.