Omran achieves ISO 14001 environmental management accreditation

Published December 16th, 2009 - 12:32 GMT

Omran, the Omani Government's tourism
development and investment arm, today announced it has obtained ISO
14001  accreditation for its Environmental Management System, an
efficient framework for continual improvement of environmental


The ISO 14001 certificate was received by H.E. Dr. Rajiha Bint Abdul
Ameer Bin Ali, the Minister of Tourism and the Chairperson of Omran in
the presence of Eng. Wael Bin Ahmed Al Lawati, Omran CEO and Mr. Ahmed
Al Sabahi, Omran Environmental Manager.


Omran is the first tourism company in the sultanate and one of the few
GCC tourism companies to be awarded this certificate, to be classified
as one of the environmentally responsible developers in the region. The
accreditation demonstrates the company's management commitments towards
environmental protection across all its running projects.

The aim of ISO 14001 is to reduce the environmental footprint of a
business and to decrease the pollution and waste that it produces.
Created by the International Organization for Standardization it helps
organisations minimize how their operations affect the environment, the
ISO 14001 is an internationally accepted accreditation for environmental
management systems. It applies to those environmental aspects which the
organization has control over and which can be expected to have an


ISO14001 captures institutional knowledge as it ensures that information
is properly documented, communicated and retained. The cyclical nature
of the management system further ensures that all system information is
reviewed and updated at least annually. It will also streamline
operations as Omran will save costs as a result of greater operational
efficiency and resource conservation, and reduction in use of hazardous
materials and generation of hazardous wastes.

The increased awareness and participation of ISO14001 will increase
communication about environmental issues inside and outside the
organization and it will give people an avenue to raise environmental
issues and makes it clear that environmental performance is an important
part of the corporate culture.


Omran has worked for more than a year to introduce the relevant levels
of environmental management standards in all areas of the business.  It
has worked comprehensively with its own management and staff, as well as
all outside contractors on its projects. 


Omran's Environmental Management System includes a strong environmental
policy which governs all decision-making; environmental procedures for
implementation of projects and developments; and environmental
specifications for the selection of materials. In line with ISO14001,
Omran has therefore committed to meet or exceed all relevant regulatory
and legislative requirements for each of its projects.


 Eng. Wael Bin Ahmed Al Lawati, Chief Executive Officer of Omran, said:

"At Omran, we fully recognise our responsibilities to the environment
and have acted to live up to these responsibilities.  ISO 14001 is one
part, albeit a very important one, of our long-term strategy to reduce
our environmental impact as far as possible and to deliver world class
environmental standards.

We are also proud to be the first tourism company to achieve this
certificate and to set an example for other companies to follow our
steps in meeting environmental management system commitments and
environmental policy requirements.


"I am very pleased that our team has been able to achieve this
international standard on our first attempt. Over the coming months, we
will be continuing to move forward on many developments, including our
current flagship project, the site for the Asian Beach Games.''

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