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Ports struggle to become greener

UK port owners have admitted that they lack the knowledge and resources to become more sustainable by implementing “green” technologies.

A survey of 100 port decision makers carried out by consultant Royal Haskoning reveals that a quarter would invest in implementing “green” technologies, but it also says that many do not know what action to take.

“UK ports have acknowledged that they must do more to protect the environment but felt they didn’t have the in-house resources to go as far as they wanted,” said Royal Haskoning director of UK environment Siân John.

Although some environmental management systems are in place, things “could be better”, she said.

The survey’s findings are revealed in Royal Haskoning’s Green Ports report, part of a wider initiative by the consultant to help ports improve their environmental performance.

Troubleshooting tools

The consultant is developing tools to help ports, such as the Quick Scan programme which quickly identifies in which areas a port is succeeding and failing on environmental improvements.

The survey found that, while 89% of respondents have an environmental policy in place, most do not feel they are doing enough.

One in five ports claimed environmental compliance was their number one priority.

This figure is expected to rise over the next year as the economy begins to recover.

“Ports are under pressure from the reduced trade they’re suffering,” said Royal Haskoning maritime business development director Richard Marks.

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