Both terminals of the group, the Sociedad Portuaria Cartagena and Contecar, received the certification that is promoted by the European Organization of Maritime Ports (ESPO) which created the environmental performance standard known as the Port Environmental Review System (PERS ), which accredits as “EcoPorts”.
The goal of EcoPorts is to create a standard on port activities and their impact on the environment, through cooperation and knowledge sharing between ports.
The certification process is carried out using two tools: 1. the Self-Diagnostic Method (SDM), which consists of a checklist where environmental risks are identified, and feedback is received with expert advice. and personalized recommendations for each terminal, and 2. the Port Environmental Review System (PERS), which is a manual certified and evaluated by the Lloyds Register.
“This new achievement demonstrates our commitment to the continuous improvement of our processes and to efficiently integrate port activities with environmental responsibility.” Alfonso Salas, manager of the Port of Cartagena Group, said.
Among the environmental practices avoided to receive the certification are: the change of sodium luminaires for LED luminaires, the automatic stopping of idle truck engines to produce and store energy, the electrification of RTG cranes (which used diesel before ) and automatic on and off control of the air conditioning and patio lighting systems.
The certification is issued by ECO Sustainable Logistic Chain and Lloyd’s Register LRQA, and is valid for two years.
For the Port of Cartagena Group, it is a matter of pride to have a new quality certificate validated by an international organization.