Most ports recognise the need to act sustainably and pay the subject more than lip service. If proof were needed of how seriously the industry is taking the issue, and coming up with innovative and successful projects, then the IAPH’s World Port Sustainability Awards is it.
The inaugural 2019 edition of the awards attracted 62 entries from around the world and the 2020 edition (held next March during the 2020 IAPH World Ports Conference in Antwerp, Belgium, is expected to attract a similar level of interest.
Presented at the IAPH’s World Ports Conference in Guangzhou, China, in May, the 2019 awards highlighted projects that demonstrate best practice across the World Ports Sustainability Project (WPSP) themes of resilient infrastructure, climate and energy, safety and security, community outreach and port-city dialogue.
“Since the World Ports Sustainability Program was launched in March 2018, we wanted to recognise and appreciate the effort of the ports involved in creating best practices,” said IAPH Managing Director of Policy and Strategy Patrick Verhoeven. “They form the basis of our next step to translate those best practices into concrete guidance, for the benefit of ports and the communities they serve”.
Abu Dhabi Ports, Port of Amsterdam, Busan North Port, Civitas Portis, Kenya Ports Authority, and the Port of Antwerp all took home awards. Full information on their ground-breaking projects can be found on the WPSP website.
Sights set on IAPH 2020
The second edition of the World Port Sustainability Awards will be held as part of a Gala Dinner during the 2020 edition of the IAPH World Ports Conference. The event will take place on Wednesday 16 March at the Antwerp Bourse (the world’s first financial exchange), which has recently been completely restored to its former glory.
The 2020 Conference will feature a mix of panel discussions, one-to-one conversations and hands-on workshops to showcase unique, practical insights from business leaders who have engaged in successful and sustainable cross-industry collaboration.