April 7 - Following an audit of 80 of Panalpina's country organisations, inspection and certification company SGS has accredited the global forwarding and logistics operator with the Global Environmental Certification to the standard ISO 14001:2004.

The certification process was part of Panalpina's ambitious PanGreen programme which aims to reduce CO2 emissions. Panalpina says it is the first company in the industry to achieve a global ISO 14001:2004 certification covering its operations worldwide under one integrated management system and certification scheme.

Lynsey MacIver, corporate HSE (Health, Safety & Environment) manager and in charge of the certification project, explains the goals of the so-called eco-concepts in detail. "We are committed to paper reduction, recycling, waste management and the limitation of business flights, electricity use and water consumption. Thus we will minimise global resource consumption and reduce internal CO2 emissions," she says.

"Furthermore, we want to continuously reduce the environmental impact of our business activities by cargo consolidation, modal shifts and special handling of hazardous cargo". Therefore the ISO 14001:2004 certification of all offices is a vital step forward which will be followed by other initiatives in the future, such as measuring CO2 emissions from customers, partners and subcontractors.