Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Major Port Companies Collaborate for a Month of Green Activities Cleaning Up the Environment

DP, Hutchinson, PSA, Port of Rotterdam and Shanghai Work Together Again
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WORLDWIDE – With companies in all sectors around the globe looking to improve their environmental performance, with supply chain and logistics groups heading the charge for a cleaner future, for the fourth year in a row, a collaboration of the world's leading container port operators DP World, Hutchison Ports, PSA International, Port of Rotterdam Authority, and Shanghai International Port Group, has completed a week-long global 'Go Green' initiative across their international port and transport facility networks.

Under the theme of ‘Climate Change’, 7,500 employees of the five port operating groups volunteered time to CO2 mitigation, climate change resilience and staff education activities. Also included were coastal and wildlife preservation activities and a host of employee environmental education events.

Across its portfolio of 78 terminals in 40 countries, DP World encouraged its employees and local communities to become ‘Climate Mates’. During the month-long campaign in September, each of DP World’s business units chose a range of activities, including the increased use of recycled paper, switching to paperless billing and transactions, planting trees and using glass instead of plastic bottles to reduce their negative impact on deforestation and carbon emissions.

Other activities also included reusing waste materials from the port, food waste composting, cleaning terminal and surrounding areas, energy saving drives, volunteering at local wildlife parks and supporting environmental education in local communities. Almost 3,000 employees committed 4,500 hours to environmental activities, collecting some 10,000 kilograms of waste, and planting over 4,000 trees. Speaking of the program DP World Group Chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, said:

“This environmental initiative shows how industry partnerships can create more impact. As global economies develop it is extremely important that we use natural resources wisely and we work hard to leave a legacy wherever we operate. It is essential that future leaders develop the awareness to protect our environment. These Go Green activities, coupled with our Global Education and Solar Power Programmes, are important milestones in our efforts to bring positive and long-term change.”

Photo: Workers busy at the ‘Go Green’ project in Thailand.