Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Two Port Groups Join to Cut Waste as Shipping and Freight Forwarding Under Scrutiny

Employees Will 'Reach Across the Fence' to Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – Drastic situations can bring strange bedfellows (witness the current slew of politicians lining up over Scottish independence) and with the world of shipping and forwarding studying and being studied hard over environmental pollution produced by the industry two of the bitterest rivals in the world of deep water container and bulk freight ports are joining together in a united front to curb waste.

In what they say is an unprecedented show of commitment for an environmental cause, DP World and Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH) have joined hands to combat global warming in a Waste Reduction Campaign that will multiply the effect of their individual efforts to curb global greenhouse emissions. The three day campaign will run from 19 to 21 September and will see employees from both companies ‘reach across the fence’ and engage in joint activities in locations around the world where these companies operate terminals within the same port complex such as Laem Chabang (Thailand), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Busan (South Korea) and Buenos Aires (Argentina).

The list of joint activities that are being developed include clean-up days at terminals, beaches or other affected areas specific to each locality, food waste disposal and composting efforts, e-waste and battery recycling, office recycling and green transportation to reduce vehicle emissions. Mohammed Sharaf, Group Chief Executive Officer, DP World, said:

“We are committed to minimising the impact we have on the environment and maximising the benefits we can bring to the communities in which we operate, and we are therefore very pleased to be working with HPH on this important initiative. We are both businesses with a global footprint and efforts such as the Waste Reduction Campaign leverage the synergy between our two organisations to the benefit of the community.

“The port business by its very nature has long investment horizons and one of our aims as a company is to build and maintain strong communities for the long term to ensure a sustainable future for all. By initiating and maintaining a culture of recycling at work, and by working with the communities with initiatives such as this, we move closer to achieving this goal.”

An estimated 11.2 billion tonnes of solid waste is collected worldwide every year and its degeneration contributes to about five per cent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Eric Ip, Group Managing Director of HPH, said:

“HPH has a long history as a green innovator with environmental programmes, covering everything from the local community to engineering projects that have been rolled out across the group. Environmental sustainability is a concern of the Port and Maritime Industry and I am pleased that we are joining forces with DP World for an initiative in which our business units around the world pool their resources to highlight green issues. Through this collaboration, we will see the expanded scope of environmental activities and the impact that the industry can make on global warming issues.”

Photo: Fortunately most pollution waterside is rarely as serious as this fire at Pier 17, South Street Seaport, New York in 2012.