On the occasion of the World Environment Day on 29 May 2012, the Cypriot Defence Minister, Demetris Eliades, announced that Cyprus is now home to the first EU ‘eco army camp’.
The camp of Delikipos, near Larnaca, is the first to follow the EU Commission’s European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), the idea being to introduce environmental awareness within the military. The camp has photovoltaic installations for power supply and soldiers recycle waste and use recyled water from biological reprocessing.
The EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a management tool for companies and other organisations to evaluate, report and improve their environmental performance. The scheme has been available for participation by companies since 1995 and was originally restricted to companies in industrial sectors.
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