IAPH World Ports Sustainability Program announces call for entries to its 2020 Awards competition

Winners to be declared in five categories at a Gala Dinner at the IAPH 2020 World Ports Conference in Antwerp next March.

Winners to be declared in five categories at a Gala Dinner at the IAPH 2020 World Ports Conference in Antwerp.

The WPSP 2019 Award for Climate and Energy went to Port of Amsterdam for its work on the circular economy

The International Association of Ports and Harbors is pleased to announce its call for entries to the second edition of the World Ports Sustainability Awards, with winners to be declared in five categories at a Gala Dinner at the IAPH 2020 World Ports Conference in Antwerp between 17th and 19th March next year.

Speaking from his latest meeting in Hamburg this week with #IAPH2020 organisers IHS Markit Maritime and Trade , IAPH Managing Director Patrick Verhoeven commented : "Since its inception in March 2018, the World Ports Sustainability Program has always aimed to be the most coherent and up-to-date global database of port related projects on sustainable development. The first edition of the World Ports Sustainability Awards this year culminated in seven winners being celebrated out of a shortlist of eighteen projects at our annual IAPH conference in Guangzhou, following meticulous work by the jury of industry leaders and academics. Through the portfolio, ports worldwide can raise awareness about their ongoing work on sustainability, share their experiences and provide inspiration to others."

Submissions to be categorised according to five WPSP themes related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

As with the Awards this year, IAPH regular port members and associate members acting on behalf of IAPH member port(s) as client, partner or collaborator can enter a project, submitting a simple online form . Once accepted , the project will automatically qualify as a potential award candidate.

WPSP Awards #IAPH2020
Focus area of each WPSP Award theme with potential topics

Dr. Antonis Michail, Technical Director of the World Ports Sustainability Program explained the selection process: "Entries will be accepted until 31st December 2019, after which the nomination of a long list per category that best meet the selection criteria will be submitted to an international jury for scrutiny in mid-January. Finalists will then be asked to present their project credentials on the WPSP website for public scrutiny, who will have the month of February to select their favourite projects and whose vote will count for 30% of the final decision on winners and runners up."

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The jury selection criteria – integrating sustainability factors

The Awards will be given based on the jury's view of the measurable impact of the project on the sustainability of the port and its environment. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of the sustainability factors of people, planet , prosperity, peace and partnership. They will also consider collaboration levels with commercial stakeholders to ensure a solid business case and the engagement and buy-in of societal stakeholders. The original and innovative character of the project, the vision and leadership shown by management in its deployment and the level of cooperation with other ports, where relevant, will also be taken into account.

For regular and associate IAPH members, project submissions are accepted here:


For those organisations who are interested in participating who would like more information about how to apply, please contact :

Dr. Antonis Michail – Technical Director, World Ports Sustainability Program

Email : antonis.michail@sustainableworldports.org

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About IAPH (iaphworldports.org)

Founded in 1955, the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) is a non-profit-making global alliance of 170 ports and 140 port-related organisations covering 90 countries. Its member ports handle more than 60 percent of global maritime trade and around 80 percent of world container traffic. IAPH has consultative NGO status with several United Nations agencies. In 2018, IAPH established the World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP). Guided by the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, it aims to unite sustainability efforts of ports worldwide, encouraging international cooperation between all partners involved in the maritime supply chain. WPSP (sustainableworldports.org) covers five main areas of collaboration: energy transition, resilient infrastructure, safety and security, community outreach and governance.