Akafa, the condensing plant, is Arla Foods’ first Danish plant to be certified in accordance with the ISO 14001 environmental management system. The certifying agency, Bureau Veritas, presented the award on Wednesday afternoon at a reception at which the plant’s staff were present.
While Akafa is the first of Arla Foods’ plants in Denmark to obtain such environmental certification, two thirds of Arla Foods’ 25 plants in Sweden are ISO 14001 certified. So far the other Danish plants have complied with Arla Foods’ own environmental management system which approximates to the ISO 14001. ISO 14001 is an environmental management system which the company can use to reduce resource consumption and environmental impact. As well as procedures and action plans for the sorting of waste, noise reduction, decrease in chemical and energy consumption, a number of environmental objectives must be in place. In addition, the effects of all implemented initiatives must be documented.
Akafa has been operating environmental management for many years and Factory Director Niels Kjærsgaard is confident that its environmental management system, which now meets international standards, is of great importance.