Port operators join forces to 'greenify' container terminals

21 September 2015

Some of the world’s largest port operators have launched a joint initiative to promote environmental awareness.

Global marine terminal operators DP World, Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH), APM Terminals, PSA International and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have created the “Go Green” campaign. It will focus on re-use and recycling, climate change and the communities in which the firms operate.

The campaign will identify local partners to help create and upgrade local green spaces, launch educational programmes, adopt waste recycling measures and promote community engagement.

DP World chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem said that international efforts required partnerships to make them a success.

“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,” he said. “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.”

HPH 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.”

Group chief executive of PSA International Tan Chong Meng said that although container terminal operations were a relatively small contributor of greenhouse gas emissions, the company was devoting resources to economising fuel use and promoting recycling.

“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,” he said.

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