GreenPort Congress – towards sustainability

16 Oct 2012
ESPO presented its new ‘Green Guide' at Congress this year

ESPO presented its new ‘Green Guide' at Congress this year

The seventh GreenPort Congress was held during the first week of October 2012 in Marseille - during which nearly 200 environmental experts across the sector came together to discuss working towards a continuous commitment to sustainable operations.

During the opening session, European Commissioner for the Environment, Janez Potočnik stated in his video message that port authorities need to play a pro-active role in order to deal with emissions, waste and nature conservation.

Jean-Claude Terrier, CEO of the Port of Marseille Fos, referred to the current economic and financial crisis which confirms the urgent need to review port development methods and ESPO Chairman, Victor Schoenmakers, emphasised the need for guidance and implementation of Treaty rules while referring to the European Ports Policy Review.

The ports of Calais and Moerdijk were presented with their EcoPorts PERS certificate awards certifying that the ports’ environmental management programmes are in line with the requirements set by the EcoPorts PERS - the only port sector specific environmental management standard.

ESPO presented its new Green Guide; Towards excellence in port environmental management and sustainability, which fully revises and updates the last Environmental Code of Practice produced almost ten years ago.

On day two, the conference continued with a session devoted to Marseille which focused on ‘How to enhance port-city integration’, during which the ports of Marseille and Fos introduced the numerous ongoing redevelopment projects being undertaken in conjunction with the City of Marseille. These include the research and application of environmental solutions for diversifying their energy mix and atmospheric impact and biodiversity.

The penultimate session of day two covered the ‘Green logistics chain’, in which Dimitrios Theologitis, Head of Unit for Ports and Inland Navigation at DG Move gave an overview of the different steps DG Move has taken in creating the legislation for the transport sector.

The day ended with presentations illustrating ‘Ongoing port environmental sustainability projects’ and ‘The Environmental Port Index’, the latter aims to ensure steady progress towards a coherent and comprehensive approach to reduce air emissions and greenhouse gas emissions

Next year, the GreenPort Congress will head to the Port of Antwerp. For further information on exhibiting, sponsoring or attending the congress, please contact Isobel Roberts on: +44 (0)1329 825335, or email:

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