Contecon Manzanillo S.A. de C.V., a subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) Inc., has become the first carbon neutral-certified organisation in the Mexican port industry.
The Carbon Neutrality UNE-14064-3:2019 certification was issued by TÜV RHEINLAND. It acknowledges the company’s efforts to offset greenhouse gas emissions through reduction and compensation practices.
The efforts include the maintenance of zero emissions from equipment such as cranes, port tractors, and air conditioners, the sponsorship of forests and protected areas, and the implementation of sustainable initiatives that reduce the operational impact of the Port of Manzanillo.
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José Antonio Contreras, CEO of Contecon Manzanillo, said: “We are proud to be the first terminal in Mexico verified under this regulation.“
“At Contecon, we are quite clear about maintaining an agenda aligned with our business in which climate change is combatted and the use of renewable energy is encouraged.
“More importantly, we are moving firmly towards the decarbonisation of ports and maritime transport of Mexico. Having this type of certification portrays us as an organisation that demonstrates commitment, talent and a real position for change in the face of environmental problems.”
In 2021, the company’s direct and indirect CO2 emissions amounted to 25,368.67 tonnes while the total offset emissions amounted to 25,369 tonnes.
In December of last year, Contecon Manzanillo commenced its third phase expansion project.
This is set to increase its capacity from 1.4 million to more than 2 million TEU within the next five years.