The obtention of the certification and the process will go through ECOSLC with the help from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) within the OSCE Project “Promoting Green Ports and Connectivity.
EcoPorts is an environmental management system and global standard. It is especially designed for assisting ports and terminals in greening the process of the port, handling, and transport operations. It intends to create here sustainability, risk prevention and continuous improvement of environmental impacts of the process. This may create improved efficiency and will therefore contribute to improving the port’s position as key player in the ports, transport and logistics network.
This sustainability quality mark may also contribute to building an even closer relationship with port city communities and its other stakeholders.
Certification leads to membership of the Global Network of EcoPorts Certified ports for sharing good practice experience. In this way, ports can share good practice experience for greening the port sector.
EcoPorts is the main environmental initiative of the European port sector. It was initiated by a number of proactive ports in 1997 and has been fully integrated into the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) since 2011. The overarching principle of EcoPorts is to raise awareness on environmental protection through cooperation and sharing of knowledge between ports and improve environmental management. The EcoPorts Network is the flagship initiative of the European port sector. In this way, EcoPorts seeks to increase awareness about environmental challenges, deliver compliance with legislation and demonstrate a high standard of environmental management amongst its 116 members from 26 countries.