Five leading container port operators from around the globe recently took part in a week-long initiative to promote sustainable resource usage in their respective port and networks.
8,332 employees of DP World, Shanghai International Port Group, Port of Rotterdam, PSA International and Hutchison Ports collected a total of 1,966 kg of aluminium cans and 2,227 mobile phones during the fifth annual Go Green Initiative. The collection of aluminum and mobile phones will be completely recycled.
The collection initiative intended to two choose two very different waste products, firstly mobile phones are e-waste that contains numerous valuable resources along with toxic components that can negatively impact both the environment and human health if not disposed of correctly, while aluminum cans are one of the most recyclable waste items. The aim of the exercise was to highlight a simple message among participating employees about the consequences of discarding waste and its effect.
Group Chairman and CEO, DP World, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem said: “As we enter the fifth year of Go Green, our sector is more conscious than ever before about the universal importance of the campaign. This year we saw thousands of volunteers from across our global network committing their time to the campaign. Being green is part of our culture and with our Go Green partners, we have demonstrated how collaboration can create social value and lasting impact worldwide. By coming together we can all make a sustainable difference in the communities in which we operate.”
Chairman of Shanghai International Port, Chen Xuyuan said: “Through Go Green, our employees can contribute to the community where we operate. With our fully automated terminal put into use, SIPG is practising what it has promised, notably in terms of emissions reduction and energy saving. We also continuously encourage our staff to get in the habit of cutting waste, recycling and reusing items, so as to support sustainable operations across all our terminals.”
CEO for the Port of Rotterdam Authority, Allard Castelein said: “Port of Rotterdam is working hard on energy transition and sustainability. With the campaign, we aim to increase the awareness of our employees about opportunities to reduce their own ecological footprint. That is why we join initiatives such as Go Green.”
CEO of the PSA International Group CEO, Tan Chong Meng said: “This is the fifth year PSA staff around the world have been involved in this meaningful joint initiative, and we will continue our efforts to expand our green footprint while contributing towards vibrant economies and communities. In addition to the annual green activities undertaken by employees, PSA continually seeks to improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gases in port operations, by supporting a progressive shift towards electric cranes, LNG trucks and energy-efficient buildings. With cleaner energy sources, emerging new technologies and concerted efforts, we envision a sustainable future for generations to come.”
Managing Director of the Hutchison Ports Group, Eric Ip said: “The annual Go Green initiative provides a great opportunity for major companies in our industry, including Hutchison Ports, to promote sustainability among port workers. This year, teams at 34 of our ports took up the challenge, with many donating any proceeds from recycling to community charities and engaging in fun reuse-themed follow-up activities following the collection. The activities were a rewarding staff-oriented complement to our daily efforts to improve operational sustainability.”