APEC sees green port award system as an important platform to improve Asia Pacific’s port industry

October 23, 2015 5:46 am 

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu, Oct. 22 — The 21 member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) are being encouraged to participate in a program that "serves as an important platform for best practices sharing, the promotion of efficiency and sustainability, and the improvement of the overall competitiveness” of the Asia Pacific’s port industry.

The APEC’s transportation ministers made the call for support for the newly established Green Port Award System (GPAS) following the conclusion of the APEC Transportation Ministerial Meeting held here last month.

In their joint statement, the transportation officials also applauded the APEC Port Services Network (APSN) for its efforts to create the GPAS.

The APSN is a forum for communication and collaboration among port andport-related industries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Aside from information sharing, capacity building and technical cooperation, the APSN also provides a unique channel for dialogue between industry and competent authorities on various issues of common interest.

So far, the APEC economies that have designated a council member for the APSN are Australia; Canada; China; Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Japan; Republic of Korea; Malaysia; New Zealand; Russian Federation; Papua New Guinea; Peru; the Philippines; Singapore; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; the United States of America; and Vietnam. The newest to join in 2013 was New Zealand.

Over the past years, the APSN has devoted considerable time and resources to green issues, culminating in the decision by the APSN Council to pursue the development of the Green Port Award System.

As a major deliverable by the APSN, the APSN GPAS is the first regional program potentially encompassing all APEC ports, with a total annual throughput of about 345 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), or about 65 percent of 2010’s global throughput of 540 million TEUs.

The GPAS is intended to improve environmental awareness and increase the understanding of green port development strategy, with the aim of achieving a balance between economic development and environmental protection in the APEC ports community; promote the sustainable development of ports in the APEC region and protect the port environment for the benefit of the entire APEC community; contribute to the harmonization of regulations and improve interoperability of green port systems in the APEC region; and establish an APEC green port performance benchmark based on this program, and share best practices and encourage mutual assistance among APEC ports. (PNA)

LGI/PND/APEC COMMUNICATIONS GROUP/EDS

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