Five EU ports have achieved PERS environmental certification underlining their commitment to protect the environment. The certification, which is the only port sector specific environmental management standard, was awarded to the Port of Barcelona (Spain), Port Authority of Melilla (Spain), Niedersachsen Ports Emden (Germany), Shannon Foynes Ports Company (Ireland) and Shoreham Port Authority (UK).
“The number of ports under the EcoPorts network certified with the PERS standard has recently risen to 28 members,” said Sotiris Raptis, EcoPorts coordinator and senior advisor for environment at ESPO.
“This marks the anniversary of 20 years of EcoPorts and further strengthens the network whose primary objective is to assist more European ports to protect the environment, improve public health and address the challenges of climate change.”Certification was awarded to the ports by ESPO Secretary General, Isabelle Ryckbost, ESPO Chairman, Eamonn O’Reilly and Sotiris Raptis, EcoPorts coordinator, during the ESPO Conference dinner, which took place at Casa Llotja de Mar in Barcelona, Spain.PERS is the only port sector specific environmental management standard. It is the flagship product of the EcoPorts network and is offered as part of the ESPO services to its members through the EcoPorts website.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 25 ports in Europe and its neighbouring countries currently certified by PERS.