Port Metro Vancouver recently released its first annual Sustainability Report, “The Way Forward.” The report highlights key social, financial and environmental achievements and milestones, and has been prepared in keeping with the Global Reporting Initiative’s sustainability reporting guidelines.
“Port Metro Vancouver continues to make sustainability a top priority,” said Robin Silvester, president and chief executive officer of Port Metro Vancouver, in a prepared statement. “Reporting on our performance is one way we can be more transparent about our efforts and this report establishes a benchmark on which we can build even further. This first sustainability report marks a solid beginning of measurable improvements, starting with our head office, where in 2010 we were carbon neutral for the first time in the port’s history.”
As a global leader in port sustainability, Port Metro Vancouver is committed to integrating environmental, social and economic sustainability initiatives into all areas of port activity. The Port works collaboratively to address issues of concern to its neighbors, employees and the environment.
Some key elements in the report: 2010 was the first full year of shore power for cruise ships at Canada Place; the port contributed $311,000 to community events and charities through its Community Investment Program, including nearly $20,000 in post-secondary scholarships; the port’s air emissions reduction program earned the ecoFREIGHT Sustainable Transportation Award at the 2010 GLOBE Conference; and Port Metro Vancouver became the first port authority in Canada to issue a rated, private placement bond, supported by a Standard & Poor’s AA credit rating.