Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s. has acquired ISO 14
001 certification for its environment management system, thus ranging
itself with those companies that set an example as regards their
environmentally-friendly attitude. The audit in the Pilsen brewery was
performed by the international certification company Det Norske Veritas
according to the accepted Dutch standard.
Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s. is only the second
company from among Czech beer brewers to be awarded the certificate. The
first within the Czech Republic was Pivovar RADEGAST a.s. in Nosovice,
also part of the group of Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s., which gained the ISO
14 001 certificate in 1999. “The fact that our team comprises colleagues
from Radegast who have rich experience in ecology and particularly in the
area of waste water falls among the positive practical benefits brought
about by the merger – we have the opportunity to use knowledge that has
been applied successfully in Nosovice,” says Vaclav Berka, Pilsen Plant
Manager. The breweries in Pilsen and in Nosovice may also pride themselves,
as the only ones throughout the Czech Republic, on achieving both the ISO
9002 certificate of quality control and the ISO 14 001 certificate.
Another plant within the group, Pivovar Velke Popovice a. s., already
holder of the ISO 9002 quality control certificate, is now preparing for
ISO 14 001 certification.
In compliance with the global policy of South
African Breweries, to which the group of Plzensky Prazdroj, a.s. belongs,
strict standards of environmental policy are applied in the Czech Republic.
“It is gratifying that the foreign owner is not indifferent towards
protection of the environment in our country,” stated Petr Holecek,
Manager of Environmental Affairs of the group of Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
The introduction of the environment management
system in the Pilsen brewery was started at the end of 2000, thus
following the systems of quality control. As well as on other areas,
campaigns for investment in environment protection concentrated on the
improvement of waste water quality. Last year, a new waste water treatment
plant based on the principle of reverse osmosis was built. Furthermore, a
waste kiselguhr press was installed.