HEALTH & LIFE QUALITY
HAVING GOOD LIVING CONDITIONS A PRIORITY
FOR THE PORT CITY
IMPROVING LIVING CONDITIONS FOR RESIDENTS OF PORT CITIES AND PROTECTING THEIR HEALTH
Allowing independent, transparent measurement of air quality, water quality, sound levels, and light pollution in the City Port territory.
Optimising the use and management of fresh and sea water in ports.
Promoting and supporting the development of greener port facilities.
Introducing a commercial policy to reward the greenest ships and enforce slow steaming at the approach to port cities.
Regulating cruise ship stopovers based on the port city’s capacity, without compromising the equilibrium and appeal of the local area.
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Port Saint John [Canada]
Port Saint John in Canada has implemented several initiatives to have a cleaner Bay of Fundy and healthier environment. In February 2020 the port started a cooperation with the rope recycling program from the local Huntsman Marine Science Centre. The program started in March 2018 with 4 square metal bins (1,2 m wide) as a pilot project, and two years has expanded to 19 disposal points, with more than 6 tons of plastic-based ropes collected. The port authority of Saint John identified 8 strategic spots in the harbour and is responsible for bringing the rope to the collection point for recycling. The ropes collected are currently used for arts and crafts projects, but there are more uses in discussion. Port Saint John is also involved in other initiative concerning environmental protection, such as sound and micro plastics studies.
San Antonio [Chile]
The port of San Antonio has published several documents focused on sustainable planning including the Relationship plan with opinion leaders, the integration of the Communications Plan, the Port City Plan, the Sustainability Plan and the Sustainability Report. Concerning sustainable development, one of the key goals is the implementation of the Deal for Clean Production (APL) with the Logistic Community of San Antonio (COLSA), including 16 companies. This deal was initially developed by the national government and later translated in different sectors at a local scale, with the goal of developing sustainable and environmentally friendly terminals and socially valuable activities. One example of these actions are the garbage and debris cleaning actions in the areas of Paseo Bellamar or Maipo river mouth, key areas for the citizens and the local ecosystem. In these actions, the port collected more ton 35 tons of waste in the first five months of 2019, while also engaging with young students to increase their awareness towards these issues.
Buenos Aires [Argentina]
The port of Buenos Aires has developed several programs and certificates to encourage a proactive environmental behavior in port companies and vessels calling at their harbor. One example is the program for residues management, to promote an efficient use of materials, promote reuse and reduce toxic garbage. Another example is the energy efficiency program offering discounts to green vessels, with positive scores in the Environmental Shipping Index. Until 2019, 296 ships have already benefited from this incentives. This initiative has been also implemented in other ports worldwide.