A sustainable port for the 21st century

The port and the environment and nature´╗┐

The Port Authority has the ambition to develop Antwerp into a sustainable port, one that positions itself in the Hamburg-Le Havre range as the sustainability leader. On the basis of a robust analytic approach it aims to assess the consequences of economic development for people and the environment, and to anticipate them in good time, so that responses to environmental challenges can be built into new developments. It is no longer a question of port or environment and nature, but port and environment and nature. Sustainable development is the challenge of the 21st century.´╗┐

Port Authority creates sustainability report

Together with all the other economic players in the port area the Port Authority works day and night at sustainability. To demonstrate that this ambition is no empty promise, in 2011 a first Sustainability Report for the entire Antwerp port area is being drawn up jointly by the Port Authority, the Left Bank Development Corporation, Alfaport (the association of port companies) and VOKA (Chamber of Commerce). This will describe among other things how “people, planet and profit” are all reconciled with day-to-day enterprise. With this publication the Port Authority will further strengthen and widen its reporting. While the Annual Report for its part mainly deals with the Port Authority's own efforts, it draws on the Sustainability Report for the port as a whole.

Envorionment policy vision

The Port Authority works on the basis of its own policy vision. This has been defined by the board of directors as “preserving and promoting the development potential of the port as an economic gateway for Flanders, as part of a sustainable environment policy, in a critical, proactive and responsible way.”

One basic criterion is of course that all legal obligations must be complied with. Further, the environmental costs and benefits must be in reasonable proportion to one another. Apart from that the policy is to go first for “quick wins,” with priority being given to initiatives that cost less and yield greater environmental benefits. Finally, any environmental efforts that go beyond what is legally required must not distort competition, either between companies or with respect to neighbouring ports.


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