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Czech Airlines Successfully Underwent an International ISO 14001 Certification Audit, Meeting the Highest Environmental Standard
At the end of October, Czech Airlines successfully passed the final stage of an environmental audit according to the ISO 14001 international norm. The certification audit took place in two rounds, from July to October. The audit by the prestigious international organisation Det Norske Veritas focused on flight and ground operations, technical aircraft maintenance, training programmes, and sales and support activities. The outcome of the audit shows that, in its key processes and activities, Czech Airlines has undertaken a number of systemic steps and improvements with a long-term view to the environment, having achieved a level compliant with the highest international standards.
ISO 14001 is an international standard recognised worldwide, according to which an environmental management system is set up, or, in other words, a system for reducing environmental impacts and for environmental protection. The thorough implementation of the required standards and of the system will thus help the company comply with environmental legislation and motivate it to continuously improve, such that its activities pose the least possible risk to the environment.
The demanding international standards prescribed by the ISO 14001 are by no means met by all airlines. In the SkyTeam Alliance, aside from Czech Airlines, a certificate is also held, for example, by Air France-KLM.
The subject of the audit was the entire range of Czech Airlines' activities, i.e., scheduled as well as charter commercial air carriage, aircraft and passenger ground handling, aircraft technology maintenance and repair, air crew training, as well as the training of technical and operational staff, and duty free sales.
The environmental audit of the company took place in two rounds: the first was held this July, and Czech Airlines underwent the second one three months later. The entire audit was successfully completed at the end of October, when Czech Airlines received the approving preliminary report from the Det Norske Veritas auditors, which is yet being verified by the head office of their organisation.
"The implementation of this standard has brought our airline a comprehensive system of work and set of tools in environmental protection and the minimisation of the environmental impact of our work. It also increases our prestige with our customers and business partners. The certification does not, however, complete our activities with regard to the environment: we already have to prepare, for example, for the new European legislation that includes airlines in the emission allowance trading scheme," said Jan Čejka, Director for Quality and the Environment at Czech Airlines.
The ISO 14001 standard has been applied since 1996 and concerns those environmental aspects that an organisation can influence. Since the publication of the first ISO standard in 1996, environmental management systems have become significantly widespread worldwide. Presently, over 70,000 companies worldwide hold a certificate. In the Czech Republic, over 1,800 companies and organisations hold the ISO 14001 certificate. Compliance with the required standards depends primarily on a company having a well-defined environmental policy,
which allows it to maintain high standards, depending on its line of business and activities, its locale, and the conditions under which it operates.
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