Wadden sea ports gain EcoPorts kudos

Port of Den Helder The Port of Den Helder is one of seven Wadden Sea ports that have obtained EcoPorts’ environmental performance standard (PERS)

Seven Wadden Sea ports have obtained EcoPorts’ environmental performance standard (PERS) highlighting their commitment to environmental management and tackling environmental challenges.

As a requirement of PERS, the ports of Den Helder (Netherlands), Harlingen (Netherlands), Groningen (Netherlands), Den Oever (Netherlands), Niedersachsen Brake (Germany), Niedersachsen Cuxhaven (Germany) and Niedersachsen JadeWeserPort (Germany) have increased transparency by making their environmental report publicly available, effectively monitored environmental challenges and implemented improved environmental management measures.

European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) secretary general Isabelle Ryckbost, who issued the PERS certificates during the Trilateral Wadden Seaport Conference, said: “The PERS certification is a quality mark for their environmental management. It gives ports a pat on the back for being ready to address the environmental challenges, being transparent in communicating their environmental policy and building an even closer relationship with port cities’ communities.”

Legislation compliance

PERS also helps ports to comply with changing legislation, meet customer expectations and fulfil sustainability goals.

One third of the 93 EcoPorts members have now acquired PERS, which is the only port-specific environmental management standard. Compliance with the standard is independently assessed by Lloyd’s Register.

The EcoPorts tools are available to ports and terminals outside Europe through the ECO Sustainable Logistic Chain Foundation (ECOSLC).

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