Qatar Aviation Services has joined the industry’s most advanced environmental management system￼
Author: Responsible Business News / Date: 8 September 2022
The subsidiary of Qatar Airways Group, Qatar Aviation Services (QAS), announced its partnership with International Air Transport Association (IATA) to join the latest expansion of the IATA Environmental Assessment Programme (IEnvA) for ground service providers as the first ground handler globally.
A framework for attaining environmental sustainability across all ground operations is provided by the IEnvA programme for ground service. Ground service providers can use the knowledge and experience gained from the airline programme and depend on its unambiguous recommendations to minimize their environmental footprint and improve employee and community health and safety while preserving operational effectiveness.
His Excellency Mr Akbar Al Baker, the Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways Group, said: “I am proud to lead the efforts to create a sustainable aviation industry. Environmental sustainability awareness across the entire organisation is critical to the success of Qatar Airways Group. Through IEnvA, Qatar Aviation Services will be able to demonstrate the value of environmental compliance and ensure sustainability in its operations.”
“We’re delighted to count Qatar Aviation Services as the first ground handler to join the newly extended IATA’s IEnvA program”, said IATA’s Director General, Mr Willie Walsh, said: Sustainability is a critical challenge for our industry. By taking proactive steps to measure their impacts and address them throughout their operations with IEnvA, QAS and Qatar Airways Group will back their sustainability achievements with the most comprehensive global standard environmental certification available in the industry”.
Qatar Aviation Services, led by Senior Vice President Mr Mehmet Murat Nursel, is dedicated to lowering the environmental impact of its operations and has played an important role in assisting Hamad International Airport in achieving world-class status as an environmental leader among airports worldwide. It hopes to meet and exceed the highest environmental standards through its participation, while also planning for future expansion strategies.
The IEnvA programme is an Environmental Management System initially offered to airlines that is equivalent to the ISO 14001: 2015 standard for environmental management systems. It provides a structured approach to environmental management, including reporting and mitigating environmental impacts. As a result, organisations are better able to formalise their sustainability and environmental compliance strategies. Qatar Airways, part of the Qatar Airways Group, became the first airline in the Middle East to achieve the highest level of IEnvA accreditation in 2017. Since then, the airline has played an important role in the successful development of the IEnvA programme. The programme covers all aspects of Qatar Airways’ global operations, such as flight and ground operations, as well as corporate activities.