Qatar Aviation Services (QAS), a subsidiary of Qatar Airways Group, has announced that it has partnered with the International Air Transport Association to join the new expansion of the IATA Environmental Assessment program (IEnvA) for ground service providers. It is the first ground handler globally to do so.
This program provides a framework for achieving environmental sustainability across all ground operations. It helps the ground service providers to “reduce their impact on the environment and improve health and safety for both employees and the community while maintaining operational efficiency.”
The IEnvA program is offered to airlines that meet the ISO 14001: 2015 environmental management systems standard and provides a structured approach to managing the environment and reporting and mitigating environmental impacts.
Qatar Airways was the first airline in the Middle East to achieve the highest level of IEnvA accreditation in 2017.
This program will cover all aspects of Qatar Airways’ global operations, including flight and ground operations and corporate activities. The airline aims to meet and exceed the highest environmental standards while preparing for future expansion strategies.
“I am proud to lead the efforts to create a sustainable aviation industry. Environmental sustainability awareness across the entire organization 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,” said H E Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways group chief executive.
Welcoming the airlines to the new program, IATA’s Director General Willie Walsh said, “By taking proactive steps to measure their impact 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”.
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