Environmental Management in Antarctica


Antarctica New Zealand has developed and implements high-quality environmental standards and procedures in order to demonstrate leadership in environmental management across all our activities in Antarctica and New Zealand.


Our Environmental Management Policy sets out what we will do to maintain our high standards.

As a guide to everyone undertaking activities in Antarctica through our programme, we have developed an Environmental Code of Conduct.


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Antarctica New Zealand's Environmental Management System

To assist us in meeting our policy standards and to support all our activities being undertaken in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner, we have developed and implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS).

The purpose of the organisation’s EMS is: to undertake all our activities in a sustainable manner.

The EMS applies to all activities undertaken by Antarctica New Zealand, in both Christchurch and Antarctica, and to all staff, contractors, visitors and event personnel operating in the Antarctic environment.

The core of Antarctica New Zealand's Environmental Management System is designed around the requirements of the international standard for Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001:2004). The system is supported by six component areas (Figure 1.), each of which support the system and target the specific provisions of the Antarctic Treaty System instruments, as well as ISO 50001 (Energy Management System).

Figure 1. Overview of the Antarctica New Zealand Environmental Management System