June 11, 2013 – Halifax, NS – The annual Green Marine environmental evaluation has seen the Halifax Port Authority achieve top marks measured against the Green Marine criteria. The Port Authority recently scored top level ratings in the categories of Greenhouse Gases and Spill Prevention in the Green Marine 2012 evaluation which was released during the sixth annual GreenTech conference held in Vancouver, BC. This places the Halifax Port Authority among the top-rated Canadian ports as measured by Green Marine.
The level 5 rating in Greenhouse Gases is for implementing infrastructure upgrades that will continue to reduce air emissions from Port Authority activities, either on a large or small scale. The level 5 rating in Spill Prevention is for the completion of an oil/water separator installation program for the Halifax Port Authority’s most vulnerable areas.
The Halifax Port Authority also received a level 4 rating for Community Issues which measures continuous community engagement in all stages of infrastructure renewal projects. This is an increase over last year’s result. The level 5 rating in the environmental leadership category was maintained. The entire progress report can be found at http://www.green-marine.org/images/stories/progressreport2012.pdf. Final performance results for 2012 will be released in Green Marine’s annual report in the fall of 2013.
Green Marine is a North American environmental improvement program endorsed by the World Wildlife Federation Canada, Ducks Unlimited and Transport Canada. Participants agree to undergo a rigorous external audit every two years performed by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance. The program now has 186 members from across North America. The Halifax Port Authority joined in November 2011.