Environment policy vision

The Port Authority works on the basis of its own policy vision. This has been defined as “preserving and promoting the development potential of the port as an economic gateway for Flanders, as part of a sustainable environment policy, in a critical, proactive and responsible way.”

One basic criterion is of course that all legal obligations must be met. Further, the environmental costs and benefits must be in reasonable proportion to one another. In the meantime the Port Authority goes for “quick wins,” with priority being given to initiatives that cost less and yield greater environmental benefits. Finally, any environmental efforts that go beyond what is legally required must not distort competition, either between companies or with respect to neighbouring ports.

Environmental performance

 

Unit

2009

2010

2011

Material

 

 

 

 

Paper1

Qty printed and copied

4.399.457

8.615.331

7.990.666

Energy

 

 

 

 

Gas

m3

447.764

539.280

344.147

Diesel2

Litre

8.065.204

8.679.843

8.822.433

Gasoline

Litre

11.018

6.910

6.143

CNG

Litre

-

-

456

Electricity

kWh

20.392.015

19.948.234

18.951.845

Water

 

 

 

 

Port Authority

m3

15.928

13.531

14.502

Barges

m3

89.610

86.092

84.207

Emissions

 

 

 

 

CO23

Tonnes

29.182

30.905

24.936

Environmental expenditure

 

 

 

 

Personnel

438.717

1.515.940

2.938.522

External expenditure

2.885.415

3.550.071

3.144.090

1The paper consumption is based on the counters on the multifunctional printers and laser printers. There are no overall figures for 2009 because not all printers, copiers and scanners were centralised.
2Diesel consumption by the fleet of vessels and vehicles, together with heating of buildings. The tugs accounted for between 62% and 68% of the total diesel consumption.
3CO2 emissions based on direct and indirect energy consumption.