Thousands of port employees around the world have enthusiastically contributed their time and effort to a joint environmental initiative launched by marine terminal operators DP World, Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH), APM Terminals, PSA International and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) – five of the world’s largest port operators, and joined by the Port of Rotterdam Authority (PRA).
The week-long campaign from 14 to 21 September entailed joint activities to pioneer a green drive across operations worldwide, while bringing sustainable change to the communities they impact.
In unifying their global resources to realise environmental benefits, the port operators developed
various initiatives around three main themes: reuse and recycle, climate change and the community.
The campaign also identified local partners in the effort to improve the environment, while creating and upgrading local green spaces, launching educational programmes and community engagement.
DP World Chairman HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem said: “The huge response to the campaign from our global family underlines a firm commitment to the environment by the participants. Such initiatives help change behaviours and increase engagement in caring for the surroundings in which people live. One of our aims is to bring long term sustainable benefits to the communities where we operate and when local people and employees get involved in activities such as this then everyone benefits.”
Hutchison Port Holdings Limited Group Managing Director Eric Ip said: “This year’s GO GREEN campaign cut to the core of HPH’s CSR philosophy: localised activities that benefit the communities in which our container terminals operate. When I look over the range of events that took place, it’s rewarding to see both our global network, and the largest container terminal operators in the world, uniting on the green front. Our environment deserves a lot more attention than an annual global campaign and HPH’s contribution does not stop here – we will continue to dedicate our time and resources to green causes.”
APM Terminals CEO Kim Fejfer said
: “The reaction by APM Terminals’ staff, their families, and other colleagues to this joint company environmental collaboration has been positive and inspiring. We are delighted by the response of personnel, and that of our industry partners in making this initiative such a global success and we look forward to continuing these important efforts to help preserve the environment.”