EcoPort certification for French port
Port Boulogne Calais has achieved the industry's only port sector specific environmental management standard.
Port Environmental Review System (PERS) certification recognises the port’s efforts to address its the environmental risks and further improve its green strategy.
“We have identified environmental challenges, taken into account good practices, better communicated our strategy to the public and finally achieved high environmental standards,” said Armand Corbeaux, from the Port Boulogne Calais.
“For instance, since our last PERS certification, we have changed our waste management process and have aimed to improve energy efficiency.”
The PERS certificate was handed over to the port during the ESPO General Assembly by the ESPO Chairman, Eamonn O’Reilly, the ESPO Secretary General, Isabelle Ryckbost and the EcoPorts Coordinator, Sotiris Raptis.
Compliance with the PERS standard is independently assessed by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance and the certificate has a validity of two years. There are currently 25 ports in Europe and its neighbouring countries in the EcoPorts Network certified by PERS. ESPO encourages all ports within its membership to apply for PERS certification.
During its general Assembly, ESPO also published its Annual Report and Environmental Report 2017, outlining the organisation’s activities over the past year.
It also presented the European Port Industry Sustainability Report 2017 produced under the PORTOPIA project.
Part of the report is the update of the top ten environmental priorities of the port sector including air quality, energy consumption, noise, water quality, dredging operations, garbage/port waste, port development (land related), relationship with local community, ship waste and climate change.