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Port of Antwerp publishes its first ever sustainability report

Friday, 10 February 2012 | 00:00
The Port of Antwerp has published its first ever sustainability report which focuses on the efforts made to help improve the management of its environmental, economic and labor activities.
The Sustainability Report, compiled by the Antwerp Port Authority, the Left Bank Development Corporation and Alfaport Antwerp, forms part of the "Total Plan for a More Competitive Port" that was launched in 2010 in response to the global financial crisis.
While in the 20th century the emphasis of Antwerp's port policy was firmly on economic development, the report notes how in the 21st century greater importance will be placed on social concerns that impact the port's activities.
For example, environmental management will be given a more prominent role, and stakeholder management will be further developed.
Additionally, significant efforts will be made to help reduce the environmental footprint and time-efficiency of Antwerp's hinterland transport.
The main report was produced in nine stages, with each stage focusing on both the efforts made and that need to be introduced to aid in the sustainable running of Antwerp Port.
Sustainable practices highlighted in the report include arrangements for the disposal of ship waste, further investment in sustainable energy and the set up of initiatives aimed at reducing the emission of particulates and nitrogen oxide.
The report, to be published every two years, was drawn up in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), a globally recognized standard.
This first report was based on data taken from 2009, with work on a Sustainability Manual set to start later in the year.
Source: Port Technology International
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