Neste shipping arm gets ISO 14001 certificate

Finnish oil, chemicals firm claims first ISO 14001 certificate for shipping services

Finnish-based oil and chemicals company, Neste has claimed the world's first certificate for the ISO 14001 environmental management standard to be obtained by a shipping operation. Neste Shipping was granted the ISO 14001 certificate by Bureau Veritas, a leading certifier. Erkki Grö nqvist, of Neste described the certificate as a "reward for consistent, long-term work to promote environmental values in shipping operations." For example, he said, "double hulls and double [ship] bottoms have been standard in Neste tankers since the 1970s." Achievement of the certificate is part of a wider strategy by Neste to adopt ISO 14001 for its industrial plants. In April, the company announced in its 1996 annual environmental report that two of its manufacturing plants had already received ISO 14001 certificates, and that 15 sites were expected to achieve certification by the end of 1997.

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