Contribution of AIVP to the Greenport Conference
In the context of a collaboration initiated in 2009, AIVP have just played an active part in the sixth edition of Greenport Conference on 14 and 15 September last. This year the work of the conference had the objective of identifying solutions aimed at reducing the impacts of port and shipping activities on the natural and urban environment. On this occasion, ESPO (European Sea Ports Organisation) presented the draft of their “Green Guide” bearing on the issues connected with the management of the quality of the air, of noise, of the water and of wastes, as well as the question of energy consumption and climate change.
This «Green Guide» destined for the European Port Authorities will, at term, become a tool to held in the setting up and development of their environmental management systems. AIVP, represented by Greta Marini, chargée for international development of the General Secretariat, was notably invited to react to the propositions of this guide. From the angle of city – port relations, it was proposed to integrate the following points :
- the question of the management of road traffic created by port activities in the urban area,
- the necessity to take care of the visual aspect of port installations and infrastructures for a better integration with the landscape and with
- the population,
- the necessity to reflect on a mutualisation of the means and knowledge for environmental management with all the local public and private stakeholders,
- the necessity for port authorities to communicate more about their actions in favour of the environment, and to instore reciprocal and continuous dialogue with the citizens.
This last point besides was the subject, during the Greenport conference, of a second intervention from AIVP on the concept of Port Center and on the setting up of a dedicated network by AIVP. The concept met with a lively success, notably from the German port authorities. It must be noted on this subject that AIVP are continuing their collaboration with the existing Port Centers. Next October the signature of a memorandum of intent will take place between Havencentrum Lillo, Genoa Port Center, and AIVP which will officialise an active collaboration initiated in 2010.