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International environmental standards are being met at City Parks, which has earned an ISO certification, the second municipal entity to do so.
CITY Parks has extended its environmental credentials by gaining its ISO 14001 certification.

 

MavundaAlter Mavunda, City Parks environmental specialistThe ISO 14001 is an international standard that provides a framework for developing, implementing and continually improving environmental programmes. City Parks received its certification on 20 January, following a series of comprehensive audits by NQA, an independent third party.
 

NQA is an assessment, verification and certification body that works with a wide range of organisations to help improve performance in quality, environment, and health and safety management.

ISO is the international organisation for standardisation; it is responsible for maintaining international management standards on a variety of subjects.

During the four-day long audit, NQA reviewed the areas in which City Parks’ activities and operations affected the environment. The process was led by Alter Mavunda, the City Parks environmental specialist, who said it was very stringent and challenging.

“It was important for us to gain ISO 14001 certification in order to demonstrate that we are fully aware of our environmental responsibilities and that we are trying our best to incorporate our environmental duties into our day-to-day business operations,” said Mavunda.

The company would continue to look for more ways in which it could help the environment and reduce its environmental footprint, she added. City Parks is the second municipal entity in Joburg to gain accreditation after City Power.

It will now be required to demonstrate its continued conformity to environmental legislation, according to City Parks’ operations executive for environment and infrastructure, Patrick Meyer.

“We are proud as a company to achieve the very important ISO 14001 standard,” said Meyer. “It has taken over four years of hard work to get to this point and it means that we are striving for best practices.”

He added that the utility would continue to review its systems annually to ensure that everything was in place. “We commend our employees for their hard work in helping to achieve this prestigious certification.”

 

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