Vnukovo International Airport has successfully passed the certification audit of its environmental management system for compliance with ISO 14001:2015 requirements.
Environmental management system (EMS) is a set of planned and coordinated management actions in an organization aimed at preventing and reducing environmental impact.
Based on the results of the audit, the certification body SSU DEKUES LLC (Russian representative office of DQS Holding GmbH) made a positive decision to issue certificates confirming that EMS of Vnukovo International Airport JSC complies with the requirements of the international standard ISO 14001:2015, as well as GOST R ISO 14001- 2016.
DQS certificates are recognized worldwide.
The auditor noted the following strengths:
- High interest and engagement of the top management of Vnukovo International Airport JSC in maintaining operation and continuous improvement of EMS;
- Extensive and responsible work of environmental safety department in communicating and explaining the requirements of EMS to the business units of Vnukovo Airport to prepare for the certification audit of EMS;
- Extensive measures aimed at reducing the environmental impact: designing local waste treatment facilities.
The success of EMS depends on the commitment of all levels and departments of the organization, integration of environmental management into business processes, and involvement of environmental managers in the overall management system.
EMS systematizes approaches to prevention and solution of environmental issues, reduces environmental impact; reduces the risk of emergencies and the scale of the aftermath (if any); increases competitiveness; helps to develop international cooperation and expand to new markets; improves company’s image and strengthens relationships with stakeholders.
In today’s business, a certified EMS increases relevance and authority of an organization, demonstrates how important it is to find solutions to environmental issues, and also gives a competitive edge when concluding contracts with foreign partners.
Vnukovo International Airport is one of the largest air transport facilities in Russia. The airport handles about 200,000 flights of Russian and foreign airlines annually. Its network covers the whole territory of Russia as well as near-abroad countries, Europe, America, Asia, and Africa. In 2019, Vnukovo International Airport broke a historical record and served more than 24 million passengers which is 11,7% or 2.5 million passengers more than in 2018. Vnukovo airport terminal with a total area of about 300,000 square meters is able to handle up to 35 million passengers per year. Vnukovo International Airport is the only airport in Russia to have received Letter of Commendation from the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin for labor achievements and high performance. Moreover, Vnukovo Airport was recognized as the Best International Airport by Air Gateway of Russia award and Best Airport: overcoming challenges 2020 at National Aviation Infrastructure Show (NAIS) for three consecutive years.