Sunday 28 June 2009
The Port of Cork Company have been awarded the international environmental standard ISO 14001 certification. Audited by Bureau Veritas, ISO 14001 certification recognises the Port’s positive commitment to the environment.
ISO 14001 is an internationally recognised standard which identifies performance requirements for an environmental management system.
Speaking at the presentation by Bureau Veritas to the Port of Cork, Chief Executive Brendan Keating said; ‘We have set ourselves a series of objectives across a full spectrum of our operations and have committed to a wide range of tasks and actions in achieving them. Since 2006 the Port of Cork Company has made significant progress in managing and reducing the impact of port operations on the environment.’
He continued; ‘Achieving the international ISO 14001 Certification marks a further milestone in the development of the company and the Port of Cork’s continuous drive towards environmental sustainability.’
ISO 14001 enables an organisation to develop and implement a policy and objectives, which take into account the legal requirements and other requirements the company subscribes and information about significant environmental aspects. It applies to both the environmental aspects that the organisation identifies as those it can control and those which it can influence.
The Port of Cork has been actively working on environmental management systems since 2004 with the assistance of the EcoPorts Foundation. This opened up the possibility to establish a Certifiable Environmental Management System within the Port of Cork Company, which was achieved in 2006.
The Port of Cork Company was the first port in Ireland to achieve the PERS (Ports Environmental Review System) Certification and is the second in Ireland to received ISO 14001.