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Telehouse Europe Becomes First Purpose-Built Colocation Facility To Gain Environmental Standard ISO 14001:2004

September 2008 by Marc Jacob

Telehouse Europe has become the first purpose built colocation facility to gain ISO 14001:2004, the internationally recognised standard for an environmental management system.

This latest accreditation for Telehouse Europe follows on from previous awards for ISO 9001: 2000 (for its commitment to quality) and ISO/IEC 27001:2005 (for its information security management systems).

ISO 14001:2004 specifies requirements for an environmental management system to enable an organisation to develop and implement a policy and objectives, taking into consideration legal and other requirements to which the organisation subscribes, and information about significant environmental aspects. It applies to those environmental aspects that the organisation identifies as ones it can control and influence.

The Environmental Management System was independently audited by Bureau Veritas as part of the Certification Process. According to Gary Reed, Project Client Manager at Bureau Veritas: “Telehouse Europe’s environmental policy was extremely progressive and developed quickly from pre-assessment to certification, mainly due to the positive dialogue with the board. Telehouse’s management didn’t want a badge and they weren’t after another certificate to hang on the wall. What really mattered to them, and what really showed, was their attitude towards the standard and the fact that they wanted a system which would work for them. They also wanted value from the standard, something that Bureau Veritas is very keen to promote. Overall, Telehouse Europe’s openness and approach to certification was refreshing.”

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