Incheon Port Authority – ESG Open Innovation Project

Globally, plastic waste poses a significant threat, with a substantial amount ending up in the oceans each year. Marine ecosystems and human health are at risk due to plastic debris, while incineration of plastic waste contributes to air pollution and climate change. Furthermore, in port areas, shipping activities and related operations are major sources of air pollution, affecting plant life, the ozone layer, and human health. The ESG Open Innovation Project strives to address these challenges through collaborative efforts, focusing on solutions that reduce plastic waste and tackle dust issues at Incheon Port.

The ESG Open Innovation Project at Incheon Port is a collaborative initiative designed to address environmental issues in the logistics industry through partnerships with large corporations, SMEs, and public institutions. By focusing on key areas such as marine plastic waste and air pollution, the project aims to promote sustainability through innovative strategies like upcycling waste plastic into eco-friendly pallets and implementing an automatic road pollution capture system.

The project has successfully developed eco-friendly pallets by upcycling 8 tons of plastic waste per month from a factory in the Incheon Port hinterland, offering enhanced quality and cost-effectiveness. This project has led to significant reductions in carbon emissions, with each pallet reducing carbon emissions by 67.2kg, amounting to an annual reduction of 10,395 tons of CO2 equivalent. It has also created new market opportunities for sustainable products. Furthermore, the road pollution capture system has been proven effective in reducing road dust emissions by 58% within the port. Plans are also underway to expand and promote this system to domestic and foreign ports.

Through these innovative solutions, the ESG Open Innovation Project not only addresses pressing environmental concerns but also aligns with Incheon Port’s sustainability goals. By lowering pollution levels while improving operational efficiency, the project demonstrates a strong commitment to sustainable growth and environmental stewardship. The collaborative synergy between corporations, SMEs, and public institutions exemplifies a shared dedication towards establishing a greener, more sustainable future for Incheon Port.