Demonstrating global leadership of ports in contributing to Sustainable Development

Ports must respond to worldwide, regional and local challenges, such as climate change, mobility, digitalisation, migration and social integration.

Our mission

The World Ports Sustainability Program aims to demonstrate global leadership of ports in contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. The program wants to empower port community actors worldwide to engage with business, governmental and societal stakeholders in creating sustainable added value for the local communities and wider regions in which their ports are embedded.

Areas of interest

Climate and Energy

Climate and Energy

Ports subscribe to the Paris Climate Goal which aims to keep global warming well below 2°C. Building on the output of the World Ports Climate Initiative, port community actors can collaborate in refining and developing tools to facilitate reduction of CO2 emissions from shipping, port and landside operations. In addition, they can take initiatives to enable energy transition, improve air quality and stimulate circular economy. Potential topics: energy efficiency, circular economy, bio-based economy, renewable energy, CO2 and infrastructure, clean ship incentives, deployment of alternative transport fuels

Community outreach and port-city dialogue

Port community actors can develop synergies to solve collective active problems in and outside the port area, such as hinterland bottlenecks, training and education, IT, marketing and promotion as well as innovation and internationalisation. Similarly, port community actors strive for dialogue with urban stakeholders to offer innovative cross-over services that contribute to the attractiveness and resilience of port cities. Potential topics: stakeholder management, sustainability reporting, community outreach, city-port relations, employment, education, spatial planning, nature in ports, port culture, externalities of port operations
Governance and ethics

Governance and Ethics

Principles of good corporate governance are increasingly being introduced to port authorities, regardless of their ownership. Furthermore, all port community actors should be encouraged to uphold high standards of ethics and transparency. Potential topics: transparency, integrity, equal rights and opportunities, fair trade, anti-corruption, responsible supply chains
Logistics and transportation of Container Cargo ship and Cargo plane with working crane bridge in shipyard at sunrise, logistic import export and transport industry background, Aerial view from drone

Resilient Infrastructure

Port and port-related infrastructure aim at anticipating demands of maritime transport and landside logistics, at being resilient to changes in climate and weather conditions and at developing in harmony with local communities, nature and heritage. Potential topics: port planning and design, public-private partnerships, financing, digitization and automation, climate resilience, working with nature, ecosystems management

Safety and Security

In ports a mixture of regulatory duties and responsibilities exist related to ensuring safety and security of ship and cargo operations within the port as well as the enforcement of applicable laws and regulations in these fields. With the advance of global terrorism and digitalisation, security problems have obtained an entirely new dimension. Potential topics: cyber-security, protection of critical infrastructure, ISPS, nautical safety, labor safety, responsible care
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