During the official dinner at the GreenPort Congress in Copenhagen on Wednesday October 8, ESPO congratulated the ports of Le Havre (France) and Nantes-Saint-Nazaire (France) for achieving the Port Environmental Review System (PERS) certification.
Isabelle Ryckbost, Secretary General at ESPO, presented the PERS certificates to the port representatives, including Mr Pascal Galichon, Director of Environmental Department at Le Havre and Mr Jean-Paul Raffini, Deputy Head of Environmental Department at Le Havre.
Pascal Galichon said: “The EcoPorts tools SDM and PERS were very useful to us, both in raising environmental awareness within the port and in communicating with our stakeholders. We are delighted to be certified and we highly recommend the EcoPorts approach to our fellow ports.”
Mathias Guerin (Project Manager, Nantes-St-Nazaire, said: “Besides the usefulness of PERS as the only port-sector specific standard, the real added-value of EcoPorts is the network itself. It is great to be able to work and share experiences with fellow port professionals.”
Both ports get certified for the first time and ESPO is delighted to congratulate them for this achievement and to welcome them to the distinguished network of PERS-certificate holders.
The Ports of Le Havre previously received PERS certification in early 2015 for its efforts for being an environmentally-friendly port.
Fact File: PERS is the only port-sector specific environmental management standard. It is the flagship product of the EcoPorts network and is offered as part of ESPO services to its members through the EcoPorts website. Compliance with the PERS standard is independently assessed by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance and the certificate has a validity of two years. There are currently 20 ports in Europe that hold a valid PERS certificate.