GreenPort Congress 2017 highlights the need for collaborative working
Delegates at GreenPort Congress 2017 were encouraged to talk more and share knowledge in order to meet sustainability targets going forward.
Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition and former Prime Minister of The Netherlands, introduced the concept of innovation to address global sustainability issues. “The traditional way of working sometimes prevents us from making positive changes and seeking innovation,” he said. “But if we don’t share knowledge and work together we run the risk of failing.”
Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, secretary general FEPORT (The Federation of European Port Operators and Private Terminals) said that the fourth industrial revolution is well on its way including major changes such as digitalisation, remote management and high
technology - all of which can be utilised to harness better sustainability.
Adding “Innovation isn’t something we should fear but embrace, the first movers will prosper in the new economy,” echoed Conor Feighan from FEPORT.
The real game changer in driving sustainability will be collaboration and knowledge sharing across the industry, especially when it comes to urban and port planning. Malte Siegert, head of environmental policy at NABU said “But to do this we need to solve the lack of coherence and the poor knowledge exchange between interest groups”
The NGO’s relationship with the Port of Hamburg could be looked at as an example for others. It’s strong collaboration between all interest groups has led to the port’s new clean air action plan. The Port of Dover in the UK is applying the same principle to traffic management. Vicki Jago, head of safety and environment at the port, said that if it didn’t collaborate with a number of parties, the result would be a queue of traffic from Dover to Antwerp, some 170 miles away. The port tackles the issue in a number of ways including using a traffic modelling tool called Blip Track. The tool shares data with a number of stakeholders including the Highways Agency to predict and manage queuing, resulting in queue reduction of 50%.
Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) were also a key topic, focusing on the UN SDGs and their relevance to the port industry. Claire Bryant from Future Proof Solutions said that SDGs should be used as a tool to provide data, benchmarking and reporting frameworks to improve sustainability. In one discussion, delegates were encouraged to talk to each other and come up with the challenges and opportunities that can affect sustainability reporting. Challenges noted by delegates included finances, a reactive attitude and a lack of clear leadership. In addition, delegates were then encouraged to think outside the box and come up with opportunities to improve sustainability reporting. They concluded that these challenges could largely be tackled by sharing information, sector collaboration and innovation.
The conference ended with a port tour of the Port of Amsterdam where delegates were able to take a look at the new sea lock in Ijmuiden, Amsterdam.
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About GreenPort Congress
The 2017 GreenPort Cruise Conference took place on the 10 October 2017, followed by the GreenPort Congress from the 11-13th October. Both events were hosted by the Amsterdam Port Authority in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The Congress aims to highlight innovations in equipment and technology to allow port users to adhere to policy, whilst illustrating practical solutions through case studies from the global logistics chain.
GreenPort Cruise Conference provides a platform from which cruise terminal operators and other cruise stakeholders, including city representatives and cruise lines, can meet to discuss the many environmental issues surrounding this expanding industry.
GreenPort Congress 2018 will take place at the Port of Baltimore, Maryland, USA. For further information click here: www.greenport.com/congressamerica
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