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8th GreenPort Congress: all stakeholders in the port should find a way to listen to each other and cooperate better!

The 8th GreenPort Congress took place in Antwerp from 9-11 October 2013; the event was hosted by the Port of Antwerp, which also hosted the very first GreenPort Congress held in 2006.  The Congress included interactive sessions focussing on the themes of the ESPO Green Guide: Exemplify, Enable, Engage, Encourage and Enforce. According to the ‘5 E theory’ presented in the Green Guide, port authorities can trigger environmental breakthroughs within their port areas by exemplifying, encouraging, enabling, engaging and enforcing. The Green Guide argues further that, notwithstanding the different port managing models throughout the European Union, every European port authority is able in some way to show environmental leadership.

Nearly 200 delegates from over 30 countries come together in Antwerp to discuss and debate, in a series of working groups and plenary sessions, hot topics such as air quality management in ports, waste and materials management in port areas, managing the direct impact on the community and environmental reporting and communication. The Port of Antwerp was an excellent host and all participants enjoyed the Welcome Reception at the Town Hall, the Gala Dinner, held at the Ark, in the heart of the port, and the Port Tour.
The final session at the Congress saw a high level discussion was held between Patrick Verhoeven from ECSA, Dimitrios Theologitis from the European Commission, Charles Haine from Royal Haskoning, Gun Rudeberg from the Port of Stockholm Chairman of the ESPO Sustainable Development Committee, and Guy Janssens from the Port of Antwerp. The discussion, which involved all members of the audience, centred on how they projected ports should work towards an environmentally responsible port sector and mutually agreed that all stakeholders in the port should find a way to listen to each other and cooperate better.

At the end of the event, Guy Janssens, Policy Manager, Port of Antwerp, handed over the baton to Jordi Vila, Environmental Department Head at the Port of Barcelona, who will host the 2014 conference.  The 9th GreenPort Congress will take place on 15-17 October 2014, and the 2nd GreenPort Cruise conference will also be held in Barcelona on 14 October 2014.

For further information on exhibiting, sponsoring or attending the 2014 GreenPort Congress, please contact Isobel Roberts on:  tel: +44 (0)1329 825335, e:

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