Monday, September 7, 2015

New 'Go Green' Initiative from Major Ports Means a Clean Up for Freight and Logistics

Container Terminal Operators Vow to Improve the Environment
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – It is often the view of the corporate world that the biggest players in any field are always at loggerheads, vying for top spot and ready to compete at any level and by any means. This is usual amongst the upper management levels of the largest freight and logistics corporations, yet anyone familiar with the management of the world’s major ports will know the level of communication between the main players tends to be somewhat more substantial, facing as they do identical problems centred within the shipping industry.

Now, as if to prove the point, five of the world’s largest port operators, DP World, Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH), APM Terminals, PSA International and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG), have joined together with the Port of Rotterdam Authority (PRA) to launch ‘Go Green’, the largest ever joint industry initiative of this magnitude to promote environmental awareness and make a sustainable difference in the communities in which they operate.

The programme covers a wide spectrum of environmentally linked features centering on three main themes: re-use and recycling, climate change and the communities in which these industry giants operate. It 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 just some of the activities that will take place in the week between 14 and 21 September this year.

The scheme has been enthusiastically backed by senior management at the companies concerned with DP World Chairman HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem saying:

“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.”  

This view was strongly backed by Hutchison Port Holdings Limited Group Managing Director Eric Ip who commented:

“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 added that this course of action was the right thing to do for the environment, for the communities the ports operate in, and their employees. Working together meant they can address the critical issues facing the environment and act as a catalyst for global change. Meanwhile Group CEO of PSA International Tan Chong Meng observed:

“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.”

And 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 ports. 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.”

Finally the entire scheme was heartily endorsed by Port of Rotterdam Authority CEO Allard Castelein who in a call to other companies in the industry 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.”

You can follow the campaign on twitter: #GoGreen

Photo: An oil spill in the Port of Dalian China in 2010 took thousands of workers to clean it up.