Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Port operators turning green

Global marine terminal operators DP World, Hutchison Port Holdings Limited, HPH, APM Terminals, PSA International and Shanghai International Port Group, SIPG, five of the world’s largest port operators, and the Port of Rotterdam Authority, PRA, have launched the first ever joint industry initiative, ‘Go Green’, to promote environmental awareness and make a sustainable difference in the communities in which they operate.

The campaign will take place between 14th - 21st September this year with 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.

DP World Chairman, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, 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 Group Managing Director, Eric Ip, said, "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, said, "This is the right thing to do for the environment, for the communities we operate in, and our employees. Working together, we can address the critical issues facing the environment and act as a catalyst for global change."

Group CEO of PSA International, Tan Chong Meng, said, " We are very positive that this joint effort with APM Terminals, DP World, HPH, SIPG and the 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, "By joining forces with DP world, PSA international, HPH and APM terminals, environmental sustainability will be jointly safeguarded as an initiative where the port and maritime industry can mobilise all their resources to pursue the ideal of green port. 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."

Port of Rotterdam Authority CEO, Allard Castelein, 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." –End-

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