Ports share their environmental and sustainability achievements
American and International ports discuss their successes with those attending day two in Baltimore.
The second half of GreenPort Congress America continued to highlight the themes of collaboration, sustainability and resilience.
Opening day 2 was a session considering the challenges facing and being overcome by the different industry players and how they can work together. Following this sustainability practices in action showed those attending a wide range of practical solutions implemented on both sides of the Atlantic.
The late morning sessions focused on improving water quality using technology and innovations. The sister port session provided insight into 5 different ports implementation of sustainability and the history and importance of the sister cities and ports.
GreenPort welcomed Maryland Secretary of Transport, Pete K. Rahn to the conference. He spoke on the importance of being an environmentally sustainable port, while also ensuring commercial viability. Secretary Rahn was followed by the Keynote Address from Patrick Verhoeven, Managing Director, Policy and Strategy, IAPH. Mr Verhoeven spoke on the new World Ports Sustainability Program, which aims to demonstrate global leadership of ports in contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.
The penultimate sessions of the afternoon considered brownfield operations at ports and the successes of key North American ports, which are taking an environmental lead.
The concluding session of the conference engaged the delegates into put their learning and GreenPort Congress America experience into practice in an interactive session lead by Dr Chris Wooldridge, eco port auditor and panel of world leading experts. After hearing from the panel, the delegates worked in groups to put onto paper their thoughts regarding the challenges and opportunities facing the sector. Each groups’ work will now be combined to draw out they key issues for ports, terminals and shipping, and shared amongst those attending GreenPort Congress America and the wider industry.
This final session truly showed the key theme from the conference – collaboration – in action, which was echoed by Earl Lewis, Maryland Deputy Secretary of Transport in his closing remarks, handing over to the next host, Valencia.
Full conference proceedings will be available to download in the coming weeks.