APM Terminals Pipavav has taken a leap towards sustainability with initiatives aimed at addressing the challenges of conserving the environment as well as utilising resources in optimum way through the philosophy of ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’.
These sustainability initiatives under the project ‘Gujarat Green Gateway’ are undertaken to reduce the carbon footprint; while improving livelihood of employees & workers as well as surrounding community at the Port.
Under this project, the Port will install roof top solar power panels inside the port premises and will replace conventional high-power lights with LED lights in cargo handling equipment. The solar power plant will generate power to the tune of 930 kWp(kilowatt-peak) and would compensate power requirements across the port. This project will help the Port in reducing carbon footprints to the tune of 200 MT per year while ‘LED lights on equipment’ project will reduce carbon emissions by around 50 MT per year. Other initiatives such as rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) electrification, oil recycling, deployment of eCars and LED lights in Port operational and utility areas have already been completed under this programme.
Commenting on company’s initiatives, Jakob Friis Sorenson, Managing Director, APM Terminals Pipavav said, “At APM Terminals Pipavav, our initiatives under Gujarat Green Gateway are in sync with our global objective of integrating sustainability in our daily businesses as well as our continued commitment to our stakeholders to be an innovative and responsible global integrator of container logistics.”
The parent company, APM Terminals implemented a company-wide sustainability strategy in 2010. The sustainability strategy not only supports business objectives of APM Terminals worldwide; but also ensures meaningful contribution to UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Sorenson further added, “Our measures at APM Terminals Pipavav are commensurate with growth in operations and hence the focus is to ensure that new growth is carbon-neutral as well as help us to become more efficient and effective in our operations. These initiatives will enable us towards our vision of Gujarat Green Gateway.”
As a part of HSSE (Health, Safety, Security & Environment) policy, the Port has undertaken number of initiatives such as safe disposal of bio-medical waste, reusing treated waste water and plantation of more than 2.5 lakh trees excluding the mangroves plantation in over 500 hectares to curb carbon emission. The port has been at the forefront in enabling inclusive trade through advanced infrastructure, technology and digitisation that improves the livelihoods of community around the port through initiatives like skill development, women empowerment etc.
Source: shipsandports.com.ng, September 18, 2020.