Arianespace’s ISO 14001 certification at the Spaceport: a long-term commitment to protecting the environment
The certification of Arianespace’s French Guiana facilities to internationally-recognized ISO 14001 environmental management standards is changing the company’s way of life at this operational base – from the use of recycled paper drinking cups instead of plastic products to the installation of more automated air conditioning centers in the Spaceport’s launch zones.
The ISO 14001 management plan implemented at Arianespace’s French Guiana facilities includes the recycling of printer toner cartridges and batteries.
Arianespace’s decision to qualify for ISO 14001 certification was voluntary, and involves a long-term commitment to protecting the environment through action plans that are updated annually, according to Vince Veilleur, Head of the Safety and Environmental Divisions for the company’s French Guiana operations.
This certification covers the various facilities under Arianespace’s responsibility at the Spaceport, including the launch zones and control center for its family of Ariane 5, Vega and Soyuz launchers; the storage areas for propellant used in these vehicles; and the new propellant fueling facility that currently is under construction in French Guiana.
All aspects of Arianespace’s environmental impact at the Spaceport were taken into account in developing the ISO 14001 management plan, according to Veilleur, including its energy consumption, the recycling of waste, and acquisition of supplies that are labeled environmentally friendly.
“The scope also extends beyond Arianespace’s direct presence at the launch base,” he added. “As an example, we negotiated a new agreement with the rental car supplier that mandates its use of fuel-efficient vehicles, along with the renewal of its fleet every four years to benefit from the automobile sector’s latest environmental advances.”
Employee awareness also is an important element in the company’s long-term commitment, and involves informational sessions to ensure all members of the Arianespace staff are up-to-date on the management plan’s various actions and goals.