APM Terminals’ chief environmental officer is calling for cooperation among the leading global terminal operators to standardize ways of measuring their carbon footprints so as to reduce their greenhouse emissions.
Speaking at the GreenPort 2010 International Ports and Environment Conference on the topic of “Carbon Footprinting for Container Terminals,” APM Terminals Senior Director of Sustainability Henrik Kristensen emphasized that while initial progress has been made, a “long journey” lies ahead before “eco-efficiency” can be realized for container terminals.
He said more cooperation among terminal operators is necessary to drive the industry forward in improving environmental performance.
He said aggressive measures to improve fuel economy and introduce environmentally sustainable terminal operating practices over the past year have enabled APM Terminals’ Global Terminal Network to reduce CO2 emissions per 20-foot container handled to 17.6 kg, representing a reduction of 8 percent from the 2008 figure of 19.1 kg/TEU, and nearly equaling the designated base year of 2007 emissions of 17.5 kg/TEU.
APM Terminals has announced the goal of reducing CO2 emissions per TEU by another 10 percent in 2010
“Currently we have 80-100 environmental projects ongoing, but we need to further accelerate the best practice sharing process to maximize energy reductions” said Kristensen, who delivered one of the keynote presentations to the fifth annual edition of the event.
APM Terminals said it initiated a program of recording and analyzing environmental performance in 2007 as the first step in the process to introduce sustainable business practices. Each terminal is assessed for fuel efficiency and other factors in environmental impact, with the results carefully evaluated and distributed. “Every terminal gets an environmental report card” said Kristensen, adding “this enables a local improvement approach.”
APM Terminals has taken steps to adopt an environmental strategy, including the implementation of a global certifiable Environmental Management System, active participation in sustainable port technology to further reduce the environmental impact, reducing consumption of diesel fuel through the use of electric-powered terminal equipment -- carbon neutral where practical -- and the engagement of local communities to increase sustainability.
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