The workshop in Fécamp held on the 9th and 10th of June 2011 was an opportunity for port managers and port authorities to have an overview of the tools that can be used to reduce the environmental impacts of port activities.
3 EcoPorts tools have been presented and the participants had to use it in regards to their own ports: Port of Fécamp, port of Le Tréport and port of Dieppe.
The first one was the Self Diagnosis-Methodology. If we use the ECOSLC website definition, the SDM forms a basis for identifying environmental priorities within the port and consists of a checklist that port managers use to self assess their port environmental management programme. Responses are then analyzed – a SWOT analysis is made - and compared to a database of existing ports registered with ECOSLC.
ECOSLC can then assist the port in the implementation of an environmental policy based on these results.
Environmental Performance Indicators were also presented. They are quantitative and qualitative information to assess the environmental policy performance of a port. It enables the port to assess the environmental impacts of the ports activity and evaluate their improvements on a particular aspect of their policy.
Indicators can not be the same for all ports, as they all have their own specificities. Within the SuPorts project, the aim is to develop adapted indicators for small ports which can be effective and easily implemented in small ports as the port of Fécamp or Le Tréport.
The last tool presented was a new tool being devised: the SPP-SDM. It has the same objective as the SDM in terms of environmental awareness and self-assessment but is focused on port sustainable policies rather than environmental programs. This workshop enabled to discuss the current version of the tool that will be presented at a later stage by ECO SLC to the European institutions.