At its annual general meeting, on 30 May, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority released its annual sustainability report, which describes how economic, environmental and social sustainability are being addressed and measured in the local community.
The report covers the most significant economic, environmental and community impacts and opportunities for the port across 10 areas of focus, such as strategic investment and asset management, healthy ecosystems and Aboriginal relationships. The port authority has been reporting on its sustainability work since 2011 and last year announced its new vision to be the world’s most sustainable port.
- The port’s sustainable approach towards the environment includes commitment to address climate challenge, to reduce emissions, to protect marine ecosystems and to maintain water and air quality.
- The port also sees the maintenance and development of infrastructure as vital to boost Canadian shipping trade.
- The maintenance of a skilled and effective workforce was also in the port’s priorities for 2016.
“A year after announcing our vision, we are continuing to see progress in each of our three pillars of sustainability,” said Silvester. “We are proud of the work we are doing to accommodate Canada’s trade needs, while at the same time maintaining a healthy environment and enabling thriving communities. We look forward to continuing our work towards a lower carbon economy while we enable growth and economic prosperity through trade.”
The sustainability report is prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative’s G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, Core and is reviewed by an independent third party, the port informed.
Also at the annual general meeting, the port authority released its 2016 financial report, reflecting overall stable volumes last year, maintained through diversification and record volumes of total container cargo, bulk grain exports and metallurgical coal.
The port’s sustainability report can be viewed here.