Exemplary environmental efforts recognised

Following two days of intense scrutiny of the Australian Antarctic Division’s (AAD) operations in September, independent environmental auditors bestowed unconditional recertification on our Environmental Management System (EMS), to the new international standard, ISO 14001:2004.

Representatives from the NATA Certification Systems International examined all elements of the AAD’s environmental management system, reviewing the new Environmental Policy and EMS Manual, our environmental training programmes and records, legal compliance, environmental impact assessment processes and document control procedures and our internal audits. They commended our EMS as the best they have seen in a government organisation.

Australia was the first Antarctic Treaty Party to have all its operations certified to an international standard for environmental management systems in 2002. It was recertified for a further three years on 23 September 2005.

LESLIE FROST, EMS Manager, AAD