More than 40 environmental groups and government agencies have endorsed the Green Marine programme, which addresses nine key issues including air emissions, cargo waste management, water and land pollution prevention; environmental leadership and community impacts such as noise, dust and light.
The 2013 global average of the participants reached an overall level of 3.1 on a scale of 1 to 5. Reaching level 3 is demanding, participants must benchmark their environmental impacts and have implemented best practice and management plans.
Greg Wight, Green Marine’s chair of the board, said: “These results show our members’ commitment to sustainability with the global average continually improving since Green Marine’s inception in 2007, despite a more stringent programme, additional performance indicators and new participants.”
The performance report for 2013 includes the fact that 67% of the member ports and terminals have now established a plan for prevention of water and soil pollution and 93% have restricted vehicle engine idling to improve air quality.
Also, 78% of Green Marine shipowners have now equipped their vessels with recycling bins and trained crew members to reduce, reuse, recycle, reclaim and properly dispose of waste, which has contributed to a reduction of waste at source.
In addition, 54 participants have completed a greenhouse gas inventory, which represents 67% of all participants.
More information on the Green Marine programme and its 2013 performance