European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) recently expressed its support concerning the idea of helping private investors prioritize green and sustainable investments by providing them a clear manual with common definitions.
Following the launch of the European Green Deal, the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) expressed its support, welcoming EU’s ambition in becoming the world’s first climate neutral continent by 2050.
ESPO released a statement, explaining how important it is for European ports to keep all their port activities sustainable and what can be done to enhance a balanced development of cruise activities in European ports.
Port of Valencia (Spain), Ports of Bremen (Germany), Port of Moerdijk (Netherlands) and Port of Tangier (Morocco) renewed EcoPorts’ environmental management standard (PERS). ESPO’s Secretary General and EcoPorts coordinator handed over the certificates to the ports’ representatives at GreenPort Congress.
Dunkerque-Port has received the EcoPorts network’s PERS certification, granted by the ESPO. PERS certifications imply that a port is effectively monitoring the environmental challenges and is implementing an improved environmental management. The certification is valid for two years.
Ports are playing a pivotal role in the maritime sector; policies regarding sustainability are important to consider that ports are different in terms of location, size and governance (privatized, public, small ports, tourism-oriented, hubs). However, they share common environmental priorities.
Ports all over the world are aiming for a future built around sustainable economic models. Thus, nearly 1000 ports and port-related companies committed themselves to achieving the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, during an event in Antwerp, under the auspices of the World Ports Sustainability Program, on 22 March. The commitments made by the international port community are recorded in the historic Charter of the WPSP.
The French port received the PERS ECOPORTS seal of approval, for a third time, on November 8 in Brussels, during the ESPO General Assembly, for its policy of preserving the environment. The certification recognized the port’s numerous initiatives in terms of sustainable development.
In preparation of the review of the existing legislative framework, ESPO underlines that incentive schemes to encourage ships to deliver their garbage at ports must be accompanied by a “right to deliver” that reflects the normal amounts a ship is delivering in a port.
ESPO announced that it has awarded with PERS certification the Port of Barcelona (Spain), Port Authority of Melilla (Spain), Niedersachsen Ports Emden (Germany), Shannon Foynes Ports Company (Ireland) and Shoreham Port Authority (UK). The number of ports under the EcoPorts network certified with the PERS standard has risen to 28 members.
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