QAS becomes first ground handler to receive IATA’s IEnvA
Qatar Aviation Services (QAS) has become the first ground handler in the world to receive IATA’s environmental management system certification – the IATA Environmental Assessment program (IEnvA)
The IEnvA for Ground and Cargo Handling Service Organizations certificate, which is an expansion of the IEnvA for Airlines program, was launched last year.
QAS signed up as part of the pilot phase, becoming the first organization globally to join the extended IEnvA program.
The bespoke standards developed by IATA, in collaboration with Qatar Airways Group and international sustainability experts, set a framework for achieving environmental sustainability across all ground operations.
The scope for certification included QAS offices and workshop buildings, ground handling operations and equipment, cargo handling operations and equipment, and maintenance activities.
Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar Al Baker said: “We are focused on keeping sustainability at the core of our operations. Qatar Airways was the first airline in the Middle East to be accredited to the highest level of IEnvA in 2017.
“As we continue to build our global network, we remain committed to dedicating the leadership and resources needed to meet our vision for environmental sustainability. Today we extend the IEnvA accreditation to QAS, becoming the first ground handler in the world certified under the new IEnvA program for Ground and Cargo Handling Service Organizations.”
IATA’s director general, Willie Walsh, said: “Qatar Aviation Services has achieved a significant milestone with their IEnvA certification. They are one of the pioneers in the IEnvA program; their dedication to managing and reducing the environmental impact of their operations is clear.
“Their certification sets a great example of world-class environmental management practices for other ground handler and ground services providers to follow.”
IATA’s IEnvA program is a voluntary evaluation system designed to independently assess and improve the environmental management. The program, which demonstrates equivalency to the ISO 14001: 2015 environmental management systems standard, provides a structured approach to managing the environment, as well as reporting and mitigating environmental impacts.