Global operators spearhead environmental initiative
The third annual joint ‘GO GREEN’ environmental initiative launched by the big marine terminal operators has seen companies raise the bar in promoting environmental stewardship.
The initiative, organised by APM Terminals, DP World, Hutchison Ports, Port of Rotterdam Authority (PRA), PSA International and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG), saw local shipping companies take part in everything from planting trees to collecting trash at key ports ranging from Buenos Aires to Busan.
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, CEO, DP World Group Chairman, said: “To build a legacy is also at the core of our business philosophy – ensuring everything we do leaves long-term benefits for the world we live in. I look forward to watching this programme flourish over the coming years, demonstrating to the world that partnerships and collaboration will help us all achieve our goals for sustainable development.”
At APM Terminals Algeciras, Spain, activities included educating one hundred local school children in how the terminal recycles 80% of its waste.
Other APM Terminals' sponsored activities included the launching of an electric car charging station at Shanghai East Container Terminal, the installation of power and water-saving devices in Bahrain and the clearing of litter from a sensitive mangrove area in Buenaventura, Colombia.
Meanwhile, over 3000 DP World employees volunteered 5859 hours of their time on various initiatives from cycling to work to school visits to educate local children on the environment. A total of 2241 trees were planted during the week and over 200,000 kg of litter was collected off local beaches.
Tree planting was central to the activities carried out by Hutchison Ports. These activities took a wide variety of forms, including planting and weeding activities in nature reserves to protect biodiversity, planting marine trees to prevent soil erosion and teaching local students how to plant and care for vegetable seedlings.
PSA ports around the world engaged in a diverse array of Go Green activities including planting trees and mangroves, releasing crabs back into their natural habitat and recycling projects in offices around the world. In total, 1286 seedlings were planted and 39 tonnes of used items were collected for recycling.
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