World’s largest port operators join forces in ‘Go Green’ initiative

Five of the world’s largest port operators have launched what they claim is “the first ever joint industry initiative of this magnitude” to promote environmental awareness and attempt to make a sustainable difference in the communities in which they operate.

The ‘Go Green’ initiative by DP World, Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH), APM Terminals, PSA International and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) – joined also by the Port of Rotterdam Authority (PRA) – involves  campaign that will take place between 14-21 September with a focus on three main themes: re-use and recycling, climate change and the communities in which the industry giants operate. A range of activities covering all three themes will be organised by the participating port operators’ local business units to tackle and raise awareness globally.

The campaign will also identify local partners in the effort to improve the environment. Creating and upgrading local green spaces, launching educational programmes, adopting waste recycling measures and community engagement, are some of the activities that will take place, the organisations said.

DP World Chairman HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem said: “Safeguarding the environment is the responsibility of all of us and by joining forces across the industry this initiative will make greater impact worldwide. International efforts require partnerships to make them a success and by coming together we can all make a sustainable difference in the communities in which we operate.

“By continuing to focus on our ecosystem using innovation, new technologies and seeking behavioural change, the industry can make a major contribution to the wellbeing of our planet. This campaign is a watershed for marine terminal operators – it marks the beginning of a joint effort to bring about positive change to the lives of our people.”

Hutchison Port Holdings Limited Group Managing Director Eric Ip said: “Sustaining the environment we live is one of the major concerns of the modern world and something no corporation can ignore. Environmental concerns pervade the entire HPH organisation, from the paper in our printers to the cranes in our yards.

“Riding on the success of last year’s campaign, it is heartening to see the initiative has gone from strength to strength. By putting our efforts together with other major port and maritime industry players for this worthy cause, we hope to lead by example and, in the process, do our bit to create a cleaner, greener world for everyone.”

APM Terminals CEO Kim Fejfer said: “This is the right thing to do for the environment, for the communities we operate in, and our employees. Working together, we can address the critical issues facing the environment and act as a catalyst for global change.”

Group CEO of PSA International Tan Chong Meng said: “In the big scheme of moving goods from door to door, the container terminal operations component is a relatively small contributor of greenhouse gas emissions. Notwithstanding, PSA continues to devote attention and resources to economising on the use of fuel and promoting recycling across our network of terminals.

“We are very positive that this joint effort with APM Terminals, DP World, HPH, SIPG and Port of Rotterdam Authority will act as catalyst to ‘greenify’ our industry, the communities in which we are located, and ultimately the world at large.”

Shanghai International Port Group Chairman Chen Xuyuan said: “With Green Port Plan 2020, SIPG are bound to further consolidate what we have achieved as a green innovator all the way along. Joining forces with DP world, PSA international, HPH and APM terminals, environmental sustainability will be jointly safeguarded as an initiative where Port and Maritime industry can mobilize all their resources to pursue the ideal of green port. Hand in hand, such environmental activities as go green is a substantive step that is to expand the influence we can make on our planet.”

Port of Rotterdam Authority CEO Allard Castelein said: “It is good to see that the terminal operators are working together internationally to improve the environment. The Port of Rotterdam Authority is pleased to support this initiative. It is in line with our ambition to make Rotterdam the cleanest port of its type in the world. I hope that the example set by the terminal operators will not only be followed by port authorities.”

Source: Lloyd’s Loading List