‘Planet’ plays a major role in the policy of Antwerp-based private enterprises and the Port Authority. For years, the port community has shown that economic and ecological interests can be combined without problem. It aims to continue being a frontrunner in terms of corporate social responsibility.

A reflection of all the efforts for the further improvement of the living environment in and around the port appeared in February 2012 in the form of a sustainability report of the Port of Antwerp: a global first!

An important part of sustainable business is the protection of the very valuable natural environment in and around the Scheldt estuary. Hundreds of hectares in the port area are designated greenbelt areas to give the often unique port-related flora and fauna the necessary space and rest. The Port Authority has worked closely with Natuurpunt since 2001. Relatively small interventions can often make a huge difference, such as nesting stones for sand martins or spawning sites.

The Port Authority and private enterprises also go to great lengths to improve the quality of water, air and soil. The port rewards clean vessels, waste flows are controlled as much as possible and companies work hard at further reducing the emission of toxic substances. The fact that these efforts have borne fruit is obvious from the fact that the emission of toxic substances per tonne of production has dropped by no less than forty percent these last ten years. Companies are also more focused on generating green energy and use combined heat and power generation.