Qatar Aviation Services becomes first ground handler to gain IATA environmental certification

Source: Qatar Cargo

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 programme (IEnvA)

The IEnvA for Ground and Cargo Handling Service Organisations certificate, which is an expansion of the IEnvA for Airlines programme, was launched last year.

QAS signed up as part of the pilot phase, becoming the first organisation globally to join the extended IEnvA programme.

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 programme for Ground and Cargo Handling Service Organisations.”

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 programme; 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 programme is a voluntary evaluation system designed to independently assess and improve the environmental management. The programme, 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. 

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]