Global marine terminal operators DP World, Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH), APM Terminals (APMT), PSA International and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) – five of the world’s largest port operators which are also joined by the Port of Rotterdam Authority (PRA), have launched the first-ever joint industry initiative to promote environmental awareness and make a sustainable difference in the communities in which they operate.
The inter-operator campaign aims to identify local partners in an 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, according to a DP World press release.
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World, 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.”
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 APMT, environmental sustainability will be jointly safeguarded as an initiative where port and maritime industry can mobilise all their resources to pursue the ideal of green port. Hand in hand, such environmental activities such as go green is a substantive step that is to expand the influence we can make on our planet.”
The campaign will occur between September 14-21, 2015 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.