Established in 2007, Green Marine is a North American environmental certification program for the maritime transportation industry. The program stems from the industry’s voluntary initiative to surpass regulatory requirements.It is
- Aquatic invasive species
- Dry bulk handling and storage
- Community impacts
- Environmental leadership
- Garbage management (ship owners)
- Greenhouse gas emissions
- Oily water
- Pollutant air emissions (NOx)
- Pollutant air emissions (SOx and PM)
- Prevention of spills and leakages
- Underwater noise
- Waste management (ports & terminals)
Participants are ship owners, ports, terminals, Seaway corporations and shipyards. The cornerstone of the Green Marine initiative is its far-reaching environmental program, which makes it possible for any marine company operating in Canada or the U.S. to reduce its environmental footprint by undertaking concrete and measurable actions.
The Green Marine certification process is rigorous and transparent: to receive their certification, participants must benchmark their annual environmental performance through the program’s exhaustive self-evaluation guides, have their results verified by an accredited external verifier and agree to publication of their individual results.
There are currently more than 115 ship owners, port authorities, terminals and shipyards from coast to coast in Canada and the United States participating in the program. The Green Marine program’s unique character derives from the support being earned from more than 65 environmental groups and government agencies. These supporters contribute to shaping and revising the program. www.green-marine.org