Arabella Country Estate re-certified with full ISO 14001 compliance
One of our stakeholders, Arabella Country Estate, has recently been re-certified with full ISO 14001 compliance. At our management committee meeting on 27 January 2016 estate manager Dirk Uys, told us this certification means that the Estate adheres to the highest standard of environmental management, the only estate in South Africa to have done so.
ISO 14001 is an internationally agreed standard that helps to improve the environmental performance through more efficient use of resources and reduction of waste as well as identify, manage, monitor and control environmental issues in a “holistic” manner. Like all ISO management system standards, ISO 14001 includes the need for continual improvement of an organization’s systems and approach to environmental concerns.
Aspects of the Estate’s management that have been assessed include water supply via boreholes and a water purification plant, wastewater treatment and re-use, conservation of the environment (specifically indigenous vegetation), energy management / minimization, refuse compaction / recycling and health and safety.
According to Dirk these aspects forms an integral part of the estate’s vision and are managed by means of a well-documented system and procedures that forms part of the day to day operational management by the respective Departments and all stakeholders of the Estate.