Delta has been awarded the International Environmental Standard (ISO) 14001 certification by TUV Rheinland at its Kempston Road and Struandale plants for its environmental management system.

Delta has been awarded the International Environmental Standard (ISO) 14001 certification by TUV Rheinland at its Kempston Road and Struandale plants for its environmental management system.

The environmental management system has made provision for employee orientation programs that are meant to raise awareness of environmental challenges faced both within and outside of the company.

Delta has set the goal of reducing the consumption of natural resources such as water, coal, fuels and gas by 15 per cent by 2005 and these initiatives have been recognised as keeping in line with ISO 14001 requirements.

The environmental drive also aims to reduce hazardous and reuse non-hazardous materials and recycle waste products to minimise the impact of the materials on the environment. The identification and prevention of leakages into the soil and the monitoring of ground water to reduce soil erosion and locate possible contamination sources is also one of the steps taken by Delta in its environmental policy.

The care and protection of animals found on the various company sites is also one of the concerns addressed, and Mike Pearton, vehicle assembly operations director, explained that over the years the company has made a concerted effort to improve its environmental performance beyond that which is legislated.

"We were proud to receive our certification since it shows that we have achieved a high standard of environmental governance within the company and in turn reduced our environmental risk profile. "

"As an environmentally responsible company we are striving to assist our community and South Africa's drive to contain natural resources and provide a safer less polluted society."