Global container terminal and port operators launch new environmental initiative

7 September 2015 (Last Updated September 7th, 2015 18:30)

Global marine terminal and port operators have partnered to launch a new initiative to tackle and promote awareness of environmental and sustainable practises.

Global marine terminal and port operators have partnered to launch a new initiative to tackle and promote awareness of environmental and sustainable practises.

Said to be the first-of-its-kind, the Go Green initiative is a collaboration between DP World, Hutchison Port Holdings, APM Terminals, PSA International, Shanghai International Port Group and Port of Rotterdam Authority.

The activity is planned to be conducted between 14 and 21 September, and will focus on three main themes, re-use and recycling, climate change and the communities in which the industry giants operate.

"Safeguarding the environment is the responsibility of all of us and by joining forces across the industry this initiative will make greater impact worldwide."

Participating port operators’ local business units will perform a range of activities to raise environmental awareness globally.

The activities will include upgrading local green spaces, new educational programmes, implementing waste recycling measures and community engagement.

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.

"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."

As part of the programme, additional local partners will be identified to improve the environment.

APM Terminals CEO Kim Fejfer said: "Working together, we can address the critical issues facing the environment and act as a catalyst for global change."