“Small ports are facing the twin challenges of an increasingly competitive marketplace alongside new and progressively stringent environmental legislation” said Professor Chris Wooldridge of Cardiff University during the workshop “Train The Trainer Workshop – Part 1 General Introduction” held in Venice at the end of February.
The workshop was the first of a series of meetings within the Suports Project aimed to create a group of experts able to diffuse existing environmental management tools developed by the EcoSLC Foundation to local ports so to engage them in integrated approach for environmental management by achieving current certifications (EMAS, ISO14001, PERS…).
Wooldridge speech was preceded by an introducing report of Herman Journée (Chairman of EcoSLC Foundation) and by an in-depth study of Emanuele Zanotto (Responsible of Environmental Department of Venice Port Authority) about the environmental good practices implemented by Venice Port Authority to reach a condition of a sustainable growth (cold ironing, utilization of solar power…).
In the same day, the new Self Diagnosis Method (SDM) version was presented by EcoSLC; under the guidance of Paul Bokdan of Lloyd’s Register, all the participants attended a session of training about the use and properties of the new SDM that will be delivered in the next meetings to all the partners of Suports project and to all the small ports interested in those environmental management tools.
.Presentations delivered included the following:
- Sustainable Port Strategy and Policy by Herman Journée, Chairman ECOSLC
- Port Environmental Regulation and Practice by Emanuele Zanotto, Port of Venice
- Port Environmental Management System: Ecoports Tools by Chris Wooldridge
- Use of Port Environmental Management Tool: Self Diagnosis Method by Paul Bokdam
- Use of Port Environmental Mnagement Tool PERS: Port Environmental Review System
Further sessions will be delivered locally in France, Italy, Spain and Greece to assist port managers in the implementation of the Self Diagnosis Methodology.