ESPO unveils sustainability agenda

The secretary general of the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) unveiled the representative body’s sustainability agenda for the upcoming months at the GreenPort Congress and GreenPort Cruise conference for 2017.

Isabelle Ryckbost presented five priorities in the organisation’s environmental plan at the event.

The agenda called for an efficient but responsible ship waste management policy, a VAT exemption for onshore power supply used by ships at berth and a strong Connecting Europe Facility for 2020 to 2027 in order for European ports to make necessary investments towards sustainability.

She also said that a global agreement on a target and measures to reduce CO2 from shipping needs to be made by 2023 and wants the beginning of reflection on reviewing the first Code of Practice on the societal integration of European ports, which was issued in 2010.

At the GreenPort dinner, which coincided with the 20th anniversary of EcoPorts - an environmental initiative which is part of ESPO - three people received an award for their role in creating the network and in developing and implementing standards for the achievement of PERS (Port Environmental Review System) certification.

At the GreenPort Cruise conference held on October 10, Stavros Hatzakos, chairman of the ESPO Cruise and Ferry Port Network, discussed port-city relations, infrastructure needs and the importance of co-operation with stakeholders and, in particular, cruise lines.

Mr Hatzakos added that ESPO has been able to optimise its Rapid Exchange System (RES) due to the EU-funded Portopia project.

ESPO represents the authorities, associations and administrations of the ports of the member states of the European Union and Norway.

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