The World’s leading Container Port
Operators DP World, Hutchison Ports, PSA International and Shanghai International Port Group,
collaborated along with the Port of Rotterdam Authority, have completed a week
- long global “Go Green” initiative across
their international port and
facility networks, yielding positive
results in terms of environmental education and conservation. The
environment conservation measures were undertaken in these terminals for the
fourth year in a row.
Under the theme of “Climate Change”, 7,500 employees of the five port operating
groups volunteered time to CO2 -
mitigation, climate change resilience and staff education activities. Also included were coastal and wildlife
preservation activities and a host of employee environmental education events. Across its portfolio of 78
terminals in 40 countries, global trade
enabler DP World encouraged its
employees and local communities to become “ Climate Mates ”.
During the month long campaign in September, each
of DP World’s business units chose a
range of activities, including the
increased use of recycled paper,
switching to paperless billing and transactions, planting trees and using glass instead of plastic bottles to reduce
their negative impact on deforestation and carbon emissions. Other activities also include
reusing waste materials from the port, food waste composting, cleaning terminal and surrounding areas,
energy saving drives, volunteering at local wildlife parks and supporting environmental education in local communities. Almost 3,000 employees
committed 4,500 hours to environmental
activities, collecting some 10,000 kilograms of waste and planting over 4,000
Focusing on progress through joint action,
Hutchison Ports concentrated its efforts on locations where employees could take action in
coordination with teams from other Go Green member port groups. Over 500 Hutchison Ports employees
engaged in an agenda of green races, climate - change resilience - building
exercises and mass tree plantings – from
mangroves to fruit trees. Efforts were
made to choose activities that would
benefit more than one environmental cause.
For instance, Hutchison Ports’ Shanghai Mingdong Container Terminal partnered with
Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG)
in linking green race participation to a donation to the Shanghai operations of Roots and Shoots, a
conservation charity founded by Dr.Jane Goodall.
A total of 500
trees will be planted in West China’s Ningxia region in the name of the
Shanghai terminals to both fight
desertification and remove CO2 from the air. Working with Hutchison Ports in
Shanghai, SIPG coordinated a line - up of events under the campaign name of “Green Port, Beautiful
Shanghai”. The purpose was to raise employee and community awareness of environmental
stewardship and to motivate employees to take part in habitat protection.
Apart from the green race in support of Roots and
Shoots, SIPG organized a green port
project demonstration, granted a port ecosystem knowledge award, and undertook
spill prevention drills and port basin
clean - ups. These exercises are all in line with goals set during SIPG’s three
- year environmental plans – to build a “resource - saving, en vironmentally
friendly” port by 2020.
In Rotterdam, the Port of Rotterdam Authority
organised an activity involving the city's major container terminal operators
and the bureau Stadsnatuur Rotterdam, an organization that collects information on flora and fauna in the Rotterdam area and provides
conservation advice. Participants
planted 750 sea buckthorn bushes on nearby sand dunes. The idea was to
build coastal and port resilience by
working with nature instead of against it.
The shrubs will also help protect biodiversity by keeping people out of
an adjacent bird sanctuary. Under the
banner of “Go Green”, 3,950 people
at PSA ports around the world engaged in
a diverse range of activities aimed at
raising awareness of environmental concerns and taking actio n to conserve, recycle and reduce.
Activities included the rehabilitation of
mangrove swamp ecosystems through
replanting, a roving environmental exhibition housed within a container, the
clean - up of coastlines and public
areas, in addition to recycling pr ojects at ports and offices around the
world. In total, 967 seedlings were
planted, and 15.2 ton ne s of used items and 12 tonnes of
trash were collected for recycling.