Port of Halifax gets Green Marine nod
Wednesday, 30 May The Halifax Herald

May 29, 2012 - 5:10pm By BRUCE ERSKINE Business Reporter
Green Marine has recognized the Port of Halifax’s environmental efforts.
“It’s a positive indicator of the progress the port authority has made on the environmental front,” Michele Peveril, spokeswoman for the Halifax Port Authority, said Tuesday in an interview.
Peveril was commenting on the five out of five the authority scored for its environmental leadership in the latest progress report from the internationally recognized Green Marine program.
It is a voluntary North American environmental improvement program endorsed by World Wildlife Fund Canada, Ducks Unlimited and Transport Canada.
The industry-led program’s latest progress report was released Tuesday at the fifth annual GreenTech Conference in Quebec City.
The report evaluated 67 participating North American ports, terminals and shipowners in several areas, including greenhouse gas emissions, cargo waste management, community impacts (noise, dust, odours, and light), water and land pollution prevention, and environmental leadership.
The port recorded a perfect score on its efforts to encourage port tenants and users to adopt best sustainable practices.
Halifaxwas the first port authority in Canada to achieve the voluntary ISO 14001 environmental management standard in 2005 and has continued to develop a rigorous environmental management system for its extensive port lands, Peveril said.
Among other things, the authority has developed procedures and protocols to prevent oil leaks, reduce engine idling, encourage public transportation and install bike racks, she said.
The port scored four out of five for it efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and two out of five on conflict of use, a measure of community impacts such as noise or dust.
Peveril said the conflict of use score was a reflection, in part, of the major infrastructure investments the port has made in the past few years.
But she said the authority has made efforts to minimize the effect that work has had on the community.
“You can’t always completely mitigate the impacts, but we try,” she said.
Overall performance by all participants in the Green Marine program improved for the third year in a row, with an average score of three out of five in 2011, up from 2.7 out of five in 2010.
Ceres Terminals Inc., which has Green Marine participating operations in Halifax and the United States, scored three out of five for its efforts to reduce greenhouse gases.
David Bolduc, executive director of Green Marine, said in an interview Tuesday that the environmental initiative’s measuring methods all exceed legal regulatory standards for the industry.
“Our bottom line is regulatory compliance,” he said, calling the environmental improvements seen in recent years “fantastic.”
Green Marine added 23 program participants in the past 18 months, including the ports of Halifax, Saint John, N.B., Nanaimo and the Ceres terminals.
(berskine@herald.ca)