Qatar Airways Receives Highest IATA Honour for Its Environment Management System
QATAR Airways (QA) on Monday announced its accreditation to the highest level of the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) Environmental Assessment programme (IEnvA).
Exceeding its deadline set in March, 2016, QA is the first airline in the Middle East, and the fifth worldwide, to achieve IEnvA Stage 2.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar al Baker was presented with the IEnvA Stage 2 certificate by the Director General and Chief Executive Officer of IATA Alexandre de Juniac during Baker's inaugural meeting as the new chair-elect of IATA's Board of Governors in Geneva recently.
On accepting the certificate, Baker said:"I am proud to receive this acknowledgment of our success in developing and embedding a comprehensive environmental management system in the year we celebrate our 20th anniversary. Looking back over the last two decades, we have transformed from an emerging regional airline to a world leader in aviation. 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. Our continued involvement in IATA's environmental programmes positions Qatar Airways at the forefront of establishing a sustainable aviation industry."
Juniac said:"We offer our congratulations to Qatar Airways for successfully completing Stage 2 of IATA's environmental assessment programme, and our thanks to them for their continuing leadership in environmental performance. IEnvA accreditation is independently assessed and aligned with internationally recognised standards, and the voluntary commitment of Qatar Airways and other airlines to the IEnvA programme is further evidence of the airline sector's determination to meet and exceed the highest environmental standards."
Through its environmental management system, QA has implemented a range of initiatives to improve environmental performance. This includes QA's systematic approach to aviation fuel efficiency, which focuses on weight reduction, route optimisation and aircraft performance. This initiative has delivered savings which include 1,800 tonnes fuel (5,600 tonnes CO2) through optimising potable water upload, and 4,800 tonnes fuel (15,300 tonnes CO2) by reducing the use of engines while taxing on arrival at Hamad International Airport.
Furthermore, the environmental management system has reinforced business processes to improve how the airline engages its suppliers. In particular, it has launched a new Sustainable Procurement Charter and promotes the use of sustainably-sourced items within its award-winning in-flight catering.
A central part of QA's Environmental Management System involves providing its employees with the skills to deliver effective environmental management on a day-to-day basis.
QA has been an active member of IATA's Environment Committee since 2009.
Source: Qatar Tribune
Qatar Airways is proud to be one of the youngest global airlines to serve all six continents, and thanks to our customers’ response to our offerings, we are also the world’s fastest-growing airline. We connect more than 160 destinations on the map every day, with a fleet of the latest-generation aircraft, and an unrivalled level of service from our home and hub, the Five-star airport, Hamad International Airport in Doha, the State of Qatar.