Italian classification society RINA awarded the Port of Genoa
Authority a certificate of compliance with international standard ISO 14001
for its Environmental Management System.
The commitment of the Genoa port authority to an environmentally sound
management system for all port activities began over 10 years ago, when the
port of Genoa was one of the first ports to put in place an environmental
structure. The achievement of ISO 14001 status recognises the benefits which
the management system brings to both the local community and the marine
Partial funding for the required transformation of a typical port authority
into a constantly improving and environmentally aware management system was
provided by the Region of Liguria and the European Union.
"Conservation of the environment for future generations is the moral duty of
any enterprise, whether public or private, and the fact that the Port
Authority, responsible for coordinating and controlling port operations,
felt the need to pursue an environmental policy is a notable example of
consistency and commitment for sustainable development," said Ugo Salerno,
RINA ceo, at the award ceremony.
"Obtaining a certificate is not the end of the process. The Port Authority
has a number of forthcoming commitments for continuous improvement of
environmental performance, including the promotion of initiatives among the
terminal operators aimed at improving their own environmental management,"
said Giovanni Novi, chairman of the Port of Genoa Authority.