ICC gets coveted ‘green’ rating on eve of COP 17

2011-10-19 00:00

JUST in time for COP17, the Albert Luthuli Convention Centre in Durban has been awarded a coveted ISO14001 certification — making it environmentally friendly by international standards.

Julie-May Ellingson, the CEO of the convention centre (or ICC), said yesterday the awarding of the ISO 14001 certification couldn’t have come at a better time.

“The certification addresses ICC Durban’s environmental management system and assures that it complies with the rigorous performance standards set by the International Standards Organisation, a group that sets quality and environmental management standards for businesses,” she said.

The ICC completed its stage two ISO 14001 audit in September.

Being ISO14001 certified verifies that the ICC is minimising its harmful effects on the environment and is continually working to improve its environmental performance.

Ellingson added, “We are delighted to receive the ISO 14001 certification, in addition to the ISO9001 and ISO 22000 certifications, confirming ICC Durban’s dedication to high-quality management practices. It is a huge stamp of quality for our organisation and one that our team worked very hard to achieve.”

As part of their commitment to the environment, traffic lights in the vicinity of the ICC will be solar powered and energy requirements will be generally reduced by about seven percent of the current total demand, she said.

The ICC will be the focus of the world’s attention in just over a month when COP 17, the 17th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change,  will meet to negotiate the future of the planet as they seek to reach agreements on the reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions — the key contributors to man-made climate change.

• rowan.sewchurran@witness.co.za

THERE will be limited use of bottled water at Durban’s Albert Luthuli Convention Centre during COP17.

CEO Julie-May Ellingson told reporters research conducted by the Pacific Institute found that producing bottled water is up to 2 000 times more energy-intensive than tap water.

“We are doing this confidently because we know that our water is clean. We will put water jugs on the tables and also put in water machines,” she said. — Sapa.

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