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Best Environmental Management Practice

The reference document for the Manufacture of Fabricated Metal Products sector

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The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) is developing a sectoral reference document on best environmental management practice for the manufacture of fabricated metal products (except machinery and equipment) sector.

Manufacture of fabricated metal products (except machinery and equipment) is a broad industrial sector with considerable environmental impacts. It covers all the manufacture of pure metal products (such as parts, containers and structures), usually with a static, immovable function.

Research will focus on the main direct and indirect environmental aspects of fabricated metal product manufacturers and on initiatives/measures/techniques/actions implemented by frontrunner (best performing) organisations within the sector. On the basis of this research, the document will extensively present best environmental management practices (BEMPs), environmental performance indicators and benchmarks of excellence for the most relevant processes/activities of the manufacturing of fabricated metal products and their main direct and indirect environmental aspects.

Work plan

The JRC hired an external contractor, VITO NV (Belgium), in cooperation with two other belgian companies (Syrris and Agoria), to produce a background report. This will be used as a basis for the development of the sectoral reference document. In the meantime, the JRC will establish a Technical Working Group (TWG) comprising experts in environment and manufacture of fabricated metal products to gather and review information and to validate the best environmental management practices, environmental performance indicators and benchmarks of excellence. The kick-off meeting of the TWG is scheduled for 21-22 September 2016 and will be held in Brussels, while the final meeting is planned for the second half of 2017.

Project Team and Contacts

The following people are part of the JRC EMAS team:

  • Paolo Canfora
  • Marco Dri
  • Ioannis Antonopoulos
  • Pierre Gaudillat

If you have any question on the work carried out in this area or if you would like to contribute to the identification of best environmental management practices, please feel free to contact us. The best way to do so is sending an e-mail to


  • Minutes of the Kick-off Meeting of the Technical Working Group - Brussels, 21-22 September 2016

  • Background report prepared by VITO in cooperation with Syrris and Agoria in support of the technical discussions on Best Environmental Management Practice in the Fabricated Metal Products Manufacturing sector - December 2015

  • Proposal for the scope of the document to be discussed at the kick-off meeting (December 2015)

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