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Valencia, a sustainable port

by Port News Editorial Staff

The Port of Valencia has been awarded Pers certification on environmental management. This is an achievement that the European Ports Organization (ESPO) considers both important and strategic.

“The port of Valencia is a long-standing member of the EcoPorts community, having already joined in 2003. Valencia’s continued commitment to environmental issues – and perseverance in identifying and addressing new issues when they arise – testifies to their hard work and ambition and can serve as an example for other ports,” said the Secretary General of the European Seaports Organization.

Pers certification requires the port to submit a set of measures to demonstrate effective environmental management. These measures range from identifying and monitoring the most relevant environmental challenges to improving communication with the local community and increasing transparency through producing and publishing an environmental report.

Currently, there are 23 Pers certified ports, about a fifth of the 116 ports of call in the EcoPorts network. Compliance with the Pers standard is independently assessed by Lloyd’s Register, with the certificate being valid for two years.

Translation by Giles Foster

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