Two MED ports have renewed their commitment to the EcoPorts’ environmental management standard (PERS).
The Tanger Med Port Authority (Morocco) and the Igoumenitsa Port Authority (Greece) have put forward a range of measures to demonstrate effective environmental management including identification and monitoring of environmental challenges to enhancing communication with the local community.
“It is very heartening to see that Tanger Med Port and Igoumenitsa Port, alongside other ports around Europe, are continuing and increasing their engagement with environmental issues,” said EcoPorts Coordinator Valter Selén.
“By renewing their PERS certification for the third and fourth times, these ports show a laudable commitment to environmental management, and provide a valuable example for other ports in the EcoPorts network looking to engage more actively with these issues.”
Remarking on the PERS renewal, Isabelle Ryckbost, ESPO’s Secretary General, said: “Like all ferry and touristic ports, Igoumenitsa is severely affected by the current pandemic. This has not prevented the port from staying close to its environmental ambitions by renewing their PERS certificate.
As for Tanger Med port Authority, she said, renewal of its PERS certificate is important proof that the port shares its environmental agenda with its European counterparts.
PERS certification requires the port to put forward a range of measures to demonstrate effective environmental management. These measures range from identification and monitoring of the most pertinent environmental challenges to enhancing communication with the local community.
The number of PERS Certified ports currently stands at 24, around a fifth of the 117 ports in the Ecoports Network.