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ESPO Highlights “the Impressive Work Of Valenciaport With The Environment”

ESPO highlights “the impressive work of Valenciaport with the environment”

Source: Valenciaport
The European Organization of Maritime Ports (ESPO) congratulates Valenciaport for the sixth PERS environmental management certification, a European recognition of excellence in sustainability and respect for the environment – October 20, 2020 The general secretary of ESPO highlights “the job well done and the continuous commitment of Valenciaport with environmental issues that serves as an example for other ports” The European Organization of Maritime Ports
(ESPO) has congratulated Valenciaport for the renewal of the Port Environment Review System (PERS), the environmental management standard for EcoPorts, an “impressive” milestone that represents the sixth PERS certification for Valencia. Isabelle Ryckbost, Secretary General of ESPO has pointed out that “the Port of Valencia is a prominent member of the EcoPorts community since it joined this organization in 2003. Valenciaport’s continuous commitment to environmental issues, and the perseverance in identifying and the development of new environmental solutions are an example of a job well done and the commitment that serves as an example to other ports”. PERS certification requires the Port to propose a series of measures to demonstrate effective environmental management. These measures range from identifying and monitoring environmental challenges to improving communication with the local community and increasing transparency through the creation and publication of an environmental report. “I am very happy with the commitment and dedication shown by Valenciaport in environmental management and its contribution to the Ecoports project. Its continuous commitment to environmental issues is linked to the desire to identify and develop new projects. PERS certification is proof of your ambition to tackle the challenge posed by climate change. I want to congratulate Valenciaport for its commitment and its role as a key member of EcoPorts for the next few years”, commented the EcoPorts coordinator, Valter Selén. The number of ports with PERS certification is currently 23, about a fifth of the 116 ports in the Ecoports Network. Compliance with the PERS standard is evaluated by Lloyd’s Register, an independent and internationally recognized firm. The PERS certificate, which is valid for two years, is the only  specific environmental management standard for  the port sector and incorporates, in addition to the main general requirements of recognized standards (such as ISO 14001), the specifications of ports based on the ESPO recommendations. Valenciaport is part of the “EcoPorts” port network, which is the main environmental initiative of the European port sector and whose objective is to improve environmental management and raise awareness about environmental protection through cooperation and the exchange of knowledge between the different ports . Valenciaport has the firm commitment of 2030, zero emissions  to anticipate two decades to the objectives of decarbonization and reduction of greenhouse gases that Spain, Europe and international organizations have projected for 2050. The actions and investments planned by the PAV are coming developing for many years under the guideline shared by the port community of combining growth and sustainability. Source: Autoridad Portuaria de València (APV – Valenciaport, Port Authority of Valencia)

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