Sustainable development and the sea


PORTS HAVE A RANGE OF IMPACTS on the environment, including noise, dust, light pollution and ship emissions.

They also result in road, rail and sea transport modes converging on one area. The EcoPorts initiative is a self-diagnosis method through which a port can assess its environmental strengths and weaknesses.

It looks in particular at dredging, water quality and waste management. Ports are encouraged to complete their analysis annually so that an audit trail of progress can be established. They can then elect to seek a Port Environmental Review System certificate awarded by Lloyd’s Register.

Of 27 ports to achieve this standard to date, 17 are from the UK. Ports using the system meet regularly to exchange ideas in best practice.